Kendra Burrows

" transformed by the renewing of your mind..." (Romans 12:2)

Tearing Down Idols


Throughout October, I’ll be joining The Nester with a 31Days series.

i'm doing it!

Scroll down to read Day One.   I’ll add links to this page each day as new posts go live.

Day 1: Idol worship?  Seriously!?  (see below)

Day 2: Idolatry in Ancient Times

Day 3: What is Idolatry?

Day 4: Recognizing My Idols

Day 5: Do I check in with God as frequently as I check my email?

Day 6: Make it Go Away

Day 7: Is she serious?!

Day 8: Overwhelmed

Day 9: Why is idolatry wrong?

Day 10: Feel Like a Number

Day 11: My House and Garden

Day 12: I Pledge Allegiance

Day 13: The “New Messiah”

Day 14: Slave to my Schedule

Day 15: Seeking Advice

Day 16: People-Pleasing

Day 17: Sacrificing Our Children

Day 18: A Matter of Choice

Day 19: My Independent Spirit

Day 20: Sunday’s Other Religious Experience

Day 21: Do Not Trust in Princes

Days 22 & 23: In which I share others’ thoughts

Day 24: My Own Abilities

Day 25: Pagan Customs

Day 26: Time and Relaxation

Day 27: Higher Education

Day 28: Perfectionism (or Eh, I Don’t Feel Like It)

Day 29: Addictions

Day 30: Animal Sacrifice?

Day 31: Turn Away From Your Detestable Idols

While reading the Bible, have you ever wondered: Why is there so much talk about idol worship and golden calves? {If you’re intrigued, Exodus 32 has one such story.} I mean, sure, it can be interesting to hear how other people goof up.  In this case, God’s people (the Israelites) keep getting impatient and decide to craft new gods for themselves out of wood or metals.

Really though, what does that have to do with me?  I may not always go to church on Sunday, but I certainly don’t make sacrifices to little wooden statues!  Isn’t all this talk of idol worship just a reminder that folks back then were foolish?  I mean, we’re so much more advanced than that today!  Who sacrifices goats on their lawn anyway?!

2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that “All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.”

Sure, we learn a lot of interesting history when we read the Bible.  But it is more than a history textbook.  It is meant to be an instruction manual for our lives.  Which means that all of the stories – even the ones about sacrificing to idols and false gods – were put there for a reason.

Romans 15:4 reminds us that “everything that was written in the past was written to teach us.”

What do we learn from reading about idol worship?  We know that idols are detestable to God, and that worshiping them is a form of disobedience.  But what does that have to do with us – in the 21st century?

I hope you’ll join me over the next 31 days as I explore what our modern day idols look like – and then work to tear them down!

19 Replies

  1. Love the topic you chose for your 31 days series! I am linked up after you over at The Nester’s place. 🙂

    1. So glad you stopped over, Lyli!

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