American Idols

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : May 30, 2006

Over the next week or so, I’m hoping to have time to comment on what I see as several American “idols”–false Gods that American Christians worship instead of Jesus–or above Jesus. In a way, this is my own Genesis 1. Genesis 1 is widely recognized as a sort of polemic against other Ancient Near Eastern deities. In Genesis 1, we find that it YHWH is Lord over all creation–Lord over all other Gods. According to the first commandment, one must not place one of these Gods–or any other creature–above YHWH. YHWH alone is to be worshipped.

But in our culture–even among those who consider themselves devout Christians–we place things above God all the time, effectively making the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit into tools for a higher idol. And so, in the next week or so, I hope to name these false Gods. NEXT: the false God “AN END TO SUFFERING.”

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