Above, is something I read a earlier this morning, and I hope it speaks to you, just as is has spoken to me regarding our new, deep and ever increasing dependance upon modern technology, and the way we have in many cases come to idolize it, rather than idolizing our Heavenly Father, and being completely depend upon Him to meet our deepest nerds; spiritual, emotional and physical.
Someone just last evening asked me the question below, that I am now asking you.
“Have you ever considered that your iPhone, iPad, computer and other such electronics devises, along with social media which you use several hours each day, may have become an idol to you?”
What are some modern forms of idolatry?
All the various forms of modern idolatry have one thing at their core: self. We no longer bow down to idols and images. Instead we worship at the altar of the god of self. This brand of modern idolatry takes various forms.
First, we worship at the altar of materialism which feeds our need to build our egos through the acquisition of more “stuff.” Our homes are filled with all manner of possessions. We build bigger and bigger houses with more closets and storage space in order to house all the things we buy, much of which we haven’t even paid for yet. Most of our stuff has “planned obsolescence” built into it, making it useless in no time, and so we consign it to the garage, with all our cars, or other storage spaces we fill with all manner of mostly more useless stuff, not even worthy of selling. Then we rush right out to buy the next newest item, garment or gadget and the whole process of stuffing and storing starts all over again. This insatiable desire for more, better, and newer stuff is nothing more than covetousness.
Second, we worship at the altar of our own pride and ego. This often takes the form of obsession with careers and jobs. Millions of men, and increasingly more women, spend 60-80 hours each week working either within or out of their homes. Even on the weekends and during vacations, our laptops are humming and our minds are whirling with thoughts of how to make our businesses more successful, how to get that promotion, how to get the next raise, how to close the next deal, as a means of getting more stuff.
In the meantime, our children are starving for attention and love. We fool ourselves into thinking we are doing it for them, to give them a better life. But the truth is we are doing it for ourselves, to increase our self-esteem by appearing more important and successful in the eyes of the world than we actually are.
This is just so much self-delusion and foolishness. All our labors and accomplishments will be of no use to us after we die, nor will the admiration of the world, because these things have no eternal value. As King Solomon put it, “For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 2:21-23).
The tenth commandment tells us not to fall victim to coveting: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor” (Exodus 20:17). God doesn’t just want to rain on our buying sprees. He knows we will never be happy indulging our materialistic desires because it is Satan’s trap to keep our focus on ourselves and not on the Lord.
All idolatry of self has at its core the three lusts found in 1 John 2:16: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” If we are to escape modern idolatry, we have to admit that it is rampant and then reject it in all its forms. Idolatry and all our self-indulgence are not of God, but of Satan, and in all our things, we will never find true fulfillment. This is the great lie and the same one Satan has been telling since he first lied to Adam and Eve. Sadly, we are still falling for it.
May we worship, idolize and follow God alone, and not all the things of this world, which now also includes modern technology.