Thursday, June 24th, 2010
"You must not desire . . . anything that belongs to your fellowman" (Exodus 20:17)
All who want to please God must avoid idolatry, in harmony with God's statement: "I am Jehovah. That is my name; and to no one else shall I give my own glory, neither my praise to graven images." (Isaiah 42:8) God's Word also exposes subtle forms of idolatry. For example, it calls covetousness "idolatry." (Colossians 3:5) To covet means to desire what is forbidden, such as another person's possessions. The angel who became Satan the Devil developed a covetous desire to resemble the Most High and to be worshipped. (Luke 4:5-7) This led him to rebel against Jehovah and to seduce Eve into coveting something God had forbidden. In a sense, Adam also committed idolatry by allowing selfish desire for his wife's companionship to be more important than obedience to his loving heavenly Father. In contrast, all who want to flee God's day of wrath must resist any such covetousness.
(Watchtower issue: 6/15/08, 1:12, 13)
You know what's weird? I was just thinking about how when it comes to *subtle* forms of idolatry, Satan has even managed to warp people's opinion of what that word means.
Think of how many people who are fans of a particular band, celebrity, or sports figure will say: "He's my idol!" or "I worship them!"
Idolatry *tops* the list (when it comes to the most offensive sins in God's eyes), yet the entertainment media just casually throws that word around like it's no big deal,...even promoting it as something positive! For example, "American Idol" is one of the most popular family shows on TV, yet nobody even thinks twice about the title, (and by the way, I'm not criticizing the show itself) but can you imagine naming a TV show after one of the other major sins listed in the 10 Commandments? Like: "American Adultress" or "American Thief" (lol)