Gleanings – Idols Change, Idolatry Abides

Proper 29, Thursday, November 29, 2012

Zechariah 13:1-9

“I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, so they shall be remembered no more.”

Idols change but idolatry abides. The heart is designed for worship. It will worship. Consequently, there will be an object of our hearts’ devotion. That’s an idol. Then it was bending the knee to the carved images of false gods. Now it is bending the knee to the symbols, tangible and otherwise, of things to which we wrongly ascribe power. When all is said and done, there is very little difference in then and now.

What are the idols in your life? In mine? In ours together? I see an idol in those who are gloomy following the election. I see an idol at work in those who are gloating. Both ascribe power to something unworthy of praise and, regardless, unable to produce what the gloomy or gloating desire.

Cut off the names Lord. Let us forget them and remember you more!

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