Friday, February 26th, 2010
"Little children, guard yourselves from idols." (1 John 5:21)
In many lands today, people bow down to man-made images, and such gods are just as useless now as they were in the past. However, the Bible describes things other than images as gods. Consider, for example, these words of Jesus: “You cannot slave for God and for Riches.” (Matthew 6:24) How can “Riches” become like a god? Well, as an example, think of a stone lying in a field in ancient Israel. Such a stone could be useful for the construction of a house or a wall. On the other hand, if it was set up as “a sacred pillar” or as “a showpiece,” it became a stumbling block to Jehovah’s people. (Leviticus 26:1) Similarly, money has its place. We need it just to survive, and we can use it well in Jehovah’s service. (Ecclesiastes 7:12; Luke 16:9) But if we place the pursuit of money ahead of our Christian service, money becomes, in effect, a god to us.—1 Timothy 6:9, 10.
(Watchtower issue: 4/15/08, 1:7, 8)