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American Idolatry

September 9, 2011

This Sunday begins a new worship series at HWC entitled “American Idolatry.”  I would find something else to do if I were you, because this word is going to mess you up – in a good way.

Everyone worships.  Everyone is religious.  No one is excluded.  Even atheists are highly religious.  Think about it:  atheists have built their lives around the idea that God doesn’t exist.  It is their guiding and life-ordering principle, and they often try to evangelize the “bad news” (“un-gospel”) of their religion.  You can’t stop worshipping and ordering your life around something.  The question, then, is What should I worship?  What or who is my god?

Jesus is called Lord more than any other title.  He is asking to be supreme in our lives and to demote all other things to a lesser status.  Too often, though, it is Jesus that is demoted.  We call him Lord with our mouths but don’t function as if He is our God, often leaving Him as a mere competitor for our time, resources, and life.  Whatever becomes the life-determining guide for you is your god.  Whatever it is that gains your love is your god.  Whatever it is that you seek to give you fulfillment and salvation is your god.

This series unpacks what it means to live with Jesus as Lord and no longer be oppressed by the idols of this world.

If you are looking for reading to go along with this series, check out the following:

Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller & Jesus Creed by Scot McKnight

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