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Idolatry...that's an old problem, right?  No one does that anymore.

There's a show called "American Gods" on TV...after reading some reviews on it, I'd never watch it, but the premise is interesting.  The "old gods" (Odin, Anubis, etc) are losing influence as they are taken over by the "new gods", who have names like Media, Technology, Globalization, etc...

When you think of idolatry, we tend to think of some weird horned statue with a bunch of people in robes bowing down to it with some kind of sacrifice involved.  Idolatry today doesn't always require robes and weird ceremonies, but it does show up with people bowing down to something other than God.

Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians.  "You can be sure that using people or religion or things just for what you can get out of them—the usual variations on idolatry—will get you nowhere, and certainly nowhere near the kingdom of Christ, the kingdom of God." Ephesians 5:5 (MSG)  While they fall back into 3 categories, they can change form and the most dangerous idols are the ones that someone doesn't even realize that they are worshiping.

Dangerous they are, because what runs you, can ruin you.


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