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Unknown Idolatory

At last Sunday morning’s family service we thought about the Apostle Paul’s visit to Athens in Acts 17 and, in particular, how he saw an altar “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD” (v23) and then proclaimed to the people the true God. Athens was renowned for its idolatry but, whilst we may not necessarily bow down to idols of stone and wood, we also live today in a very idolatrous world. At the end of last week’s service I read some words of John Piper, an American pastor and author, and they are worth repeating in full here:
“The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night. For all the ill that Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet table of His love, it is a piece of land, a yoke of oxen and a wife (Luke 14v18-20). The greatest adversary of love to God is not His enemies but His gifts. And the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of earth. For when these replace an appetite for God Himself, the idolatry is scarcely recognisable, and almost incurable.”
May we all hear and heed these very wise and powerful words and let us pray in the words of William Cowper, as written in his eighteenth century hymn “O for a closer walk with God”:
The dearest idol I have known, whate’er that idol be,
Help me to tear it from Thy throne, and worship only Thee.
Peace and Grace