I just came across this quote which a friend of mine posted on his blog. I don't really know anything about the author but the quote is great...


From Tim Keller’s new book, Counterfeit Gods:

What is an idol? It is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what God could only give.

A counterfeit God is anything so central and essential to your life that, should you lose it, your life would feel hardly worth living. An idol has such a controlling position in your heart that you can spend most of your passion and energy, your emotional and financial resources, on it without a second thought.

It can be family and children, or career and making money, or achievement and critical acclaim, or saving “face” and social standing. It can be a romantic relationship, peer approval, competence and skill, secure and comfortable circumstances, your beauty or your brains, a great political or social cause, your morality and virtue, or even success in Christian ministry. When your meaning in life is to fix someone else’s life, we may call it “co-dependency” but it is really idolatry.

An idol is whatever you look at and say, in your heart of hearts, “If I have that, then I’ll feel my life has meaning, then I’ll know I have value, then I’ll feel significant and secure.” There are many ways to describe that kind of relationship to something, but perhaps the best one is worship.

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Comment by Daniel Lyle on October 28, 2009 at 12:32pm
Thanks man I will check it out...
Comment by David Estes on November 2, 2009 at 3:06pm
This is a good premise. I have heard it before, preached before, and stated before. However I don’t know that I agree with it. This is why –

1. When the bible talks about idolatry (pick any reference) it means a very specific thing. It meant to Worship\Serve make sacrifice to, believe on and give homage.

1.) to Worship = to bow down, prostrate oneself, pray to, to fall upon the knees and touch the ground with the forehead as an expression of profound reverence, to kiss the hand.
2.) to Serve = Labor, Work for, serve another by labor.

I don’t know that we kiss the hand of the TV or bow down low to our bosses and sacrifice animals to our mortgage companies.
I could keep going and type out a paper hear but I belive that posts should be faily short. :-)
Comment by David Estes on November 2, 2009 at 3:06pm
Just a thought

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