The topic of idols has been in my head a lot for the past few months. As I was reading Jeremiah 25 a couple of days ago I then asked God, “what is an idol?” Not the Oxford dictionary definition, just the simple definition. I wanted the simple definition so that I would know how to identify any of the idols in my life. I needed the simple definition so that I could avoid creating idols. One thing that is quite scary is that God tells us in His Word that we able capable of making idols with our own hands. So at the end of the day, there is no one else to blame other than ourselves. Anyway, long story short, the answer that I received was that an idol is “anything or anyone that you put before God.” Immediately this answer reminded me of the cringy word ‘bae.’
I remember first hearing the word last summer and then as time went on people kept using the word more and more. Some had countless numbers of bae’s. For those of you who don’t know, bae is an acronym for ‘before anyone else.’ I guess you could consider it to be a term of endearment. It wasn’t until I realised that an idol was only an idol because you put it/them before any(one/thing) else that I realised just how important it is to be careful with our language. New words come and go constantly, some are recycled and some meanings are changed throughout generations. This made me realise that today, idols come in many shapes and forms.
I saw a picture yesterday that at first made me laugh and then showed me the real problem that we are facing. It was titled “The negroes holy trinity” and then had a picture of Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna. The reality is that as Christians we should not even be listening to these artists, but that’s for another post. Beyonce’s fans call her Queen Bey, and she is married to a man who refers to himself as J Hova. Nicki Minaj refers to herself as a Barbie, a toy that is marketed to little children yet she says things that
children people should never even know about. Rihanna refers to her fans as a Navy and that is so true, she has fans who are willing to physically attack anyone who appears to disrespect her. Personally I believe that this is linked to unhealthy soul ties that I spoke about on an earlier post. The truth is, many people are willing to fight for and make idols out of people who are unaware of their existence yet they deny the Man who died for their sins daily.
One thing that I have realised is that the biggest mistake that we can ever make is to put anything or anyone before God. However, in today’s society it is so easy to forget that. Trust me! When I wake up in the morning I have to remind myself that I must have devotion first before checking my phone. I have to remind myself daily that I should try and know more about God than I did the day before. At times it can be a struggle to put Him before anyone else because the physical beings on this world can often give you what you want instantly, however I have to remind myself that I serve an eternal God. A couple of days ago God gave me a new mindset, with regards to my expectations of other people. It goes like this “Don’t put me first, put God first because then you will be able to have the best relationship with me because you already have one with the One who made me.” So next time someone calls you ‘bae,’ remember that!
I saw this picture as well and it was really powerful. Especially because it is true. When you look at Exodus 20:3-6 and then compare it to this image, you can see that God is still at work. If that is not enough conviction for you to lay down your idols, then I don’t know what is.