Sunday, March 7th, 2010
"You must not make valueless gods for yourselves, and you must not set up a carved image or a sacred pillar for yourselves . . . in order to bow down toward it." (Leviticus 26:1)
It is interesting that in most Bible verses where the word “valueless” appears, it is applied to false gods. King David wrote: “Jehovah is great and very much to be praised, and he is to be feared more than all other gods. For all the gods of the peoples are valueless gods. As for Jehovah, he made the heavens.” (1 Chronicles 16:25, 26) As David indicated, we are surrounded by evidence of Jehovah’s greatness. (Psalm 139:14; 148:1-10) What a privilege it was for the Israelites to be in a covenant relationship with Jehovah! How foolish they were to turn away from him and bow down before carved images and sacred pillars! In times of crisis, their false gods proved to be truly valueless, powerless to save themselves let alone their worshippers.—Judges 10:14, 15; Isaiah 46:5-7.
(Watchtower issue: 4/15/08, 1:5, 6)
However, there is one group of people to whom idols are far from being valueless ... those who manufacture and sell them.
This is one of those issues that I could never understand for the longest time, (until I got older and learned more about the business world, that is), how so many other religions, especially Christian ones, were able to continue to get away with their use of idol worship, when it's such a serious offense. Even when the Pope came to visit America a few years back and performed that big Mass, I couldn't believe how many vendors they showed on the news selling Pope-statues and figurines, Pope-coffee mugs and T-shirts, and even Pope bobble-heads! It was shameless! =)
But then I remember how much $$$ is involved in all the manufacturing companies and secular businesses that make crosses and statues (and all other manner of religious icons, jewelry, images, and shrines for worship). It's the same situation that happened to the apostle Paul at (Acts 19:23-28) when he tried to reason with the people about the valueless nature of idols. Everything was fine until Demetrius (the silversmith who made a prosperous living off manufacturing shrines) realized the *financial implications* that Paul's message might have on his "business" and decided to round up the other people who were financially invested in that same industry in order to incite a mob against Paul to get rid of him.
The world hasn't changed much has it? =)