Words from the Heart for Thursday January 9th, 2020
You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
Exodus 20:4 (NIV)
While many Canadians are proud of this country’s secularism, the reality is that more and more idols are finding their way into Canadian homes and gardens. Wander through many garden centres across Canada and you will find a variety of Buddha statues, and idols from any number of world religions. They dot Canadian homes and gardens without Canadians being aware of the spirituality behind them. One gardening company blithely advertises, “Most of our statues are made from volcanic stone. They are perfect for indoor or outdoor use.”
There is an ancient legend that the patriarch Abraham grew up in the home of an idol-maker father. After realizing that there is only one true God, Abraham went through his father’s shop and destroyed every idol but one. When his father came home and saw his idols smashed, he demanded to know who had done this. Abraham pointed to the one remaining idol and said “This one did it.” His father replied, “That is impossible. It is only a statue.” Abraham’s point was made. How can something made from stone, crafted by human hands, have any power at all? Yet since sin entered into the human experience, human beings have crafted idols out of wood and stone. And in spite of our supposedly enlightened age, men and women still do. Billions of people around the world, including right here in Canada, worship idols made from wood and stone. It is heart breaking, because none of these provides the spiritual fulfillment that only Jesus Christ can give. No wonder God said in Exodus 20:4, “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.”
These have been words from the heart.