I feel that I must begin with an apology. This is the first time this week that I’ve posted an article, and it’s a Friday. It’s been a very hectic week, but that’s no excuse. So to the 11 of you that read our blog, I must say that I am sorry. I will try to be more consistent with my posting.
I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty excited. Because earlier this week, a six-story tall statue nicknamed “Big Butter Jesus” (or “Touchdown Jesus” if you’re on a diet) exploded into a ball of flames after being struck by lightning. When I first found out about this phenomenon, I was excited, because I knew it wouldn’t be too difficult to come up with a monologue for today’s article.
The statue, valued at $300,000 (Holy smokes! Uh, I mean, smokes!), along with Solid Rock Church’s adjacent amphitheater, was destroyed in the midst of a lightning storm that rocked Monroe Ohio on Monday. Even though the statue was equipped with a lightning rod, it couldn’t withstand the force of what took place on Monday. Just like Britney Spears’ music career, it all came crashing down.
I hope that those of you who are reading this aren’t offended by my words. I’m infusing a lot of humor, and I’m doing it on purpose. Here is the reason why:
It’s only a statue.
I’m not saying that the “King of Kings” statue (as it was officially called) can’t serve as a witnessing tool, but when the day is finished, it is only a statue. When people look at it as more than just a statue, you run the risk of looking at it as an idol. There’s no verse in the Bible that says: “And gaze at the “King of Kings” statue as you travel on I-75, and don’t forget to buy Ford” And I think some people tend to forget that.
This isn’t the first time that people have taken statues too far. In Exodus 32, the Israelites coerced Aaron into making an idol of a golden calf as Moses was up on the mountain with God. God saw what His people had done, and was angry, and was going to destroy the people, but Moses pleaded for their lives, and God decided to spare them.
“19 When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. 20 And he took the calf they had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.” – Exodus 32:19-20
As quickly as the idol was created, it was gone.
I can say with complete confidence that there will never be a 60 foot tall replica of Jesus in my backyard (Although the 30 foot tall replica that I own of Nick Jonas isn’t an idol… it’s a collectable). But we tend to make lots of things our idols. Even if it isn’t a tangible item (money, a nice car, a huge house), there can be more emotional forms of idolatry in your life. Anything that you’re putting in front of your relationship with Christ is an idol.
If it’s a boyfriend/girlfriend, get rid of them.
If it is your friends, then find new friends.
If your idol is your job, then find a new career.
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. – Luke 14:26
If your idol is impeding your walk with Jesus, get rid of it. You will never experience growth if you don’t give Christ your life. Totally and completely.