Wednesday, January 09, 2008

When you surf the internet...

caption reads: What's your idol?


Timm said...

my family is my idol. maybe video games too. well... yeah... video games too.

Roland said...

Video games. I'll buy that.
Family? Maybe, but God made us to love and care for others. If that is what you do with your family, then that is not an idol. There is no law against love, brother.
What an awesome God we worship.

Timm said...

So would you contend that loving and caring for our family before we love and care for our relationship with God is not a sin. that's what I'm talking about. I often put my Family as my number one priority before God.

If we can't count that, then I don't think we can count the bible as an idol. I count both.

Roland said...

In what way? Do you love your family so much that you would steal for them?
I guess I'm confused about how you love your family more than God.

Timm said...

To me it's a matter of Priorities.
1.) God
2.) Family
3.) Myself
4.) Work

Sometimes my priorities get a little out of whack and my family sneaks to the front of the list. Perhaps I would do something with the expressed purpose of pleasing my wife without considering whether or not it pleases God. Therefor putting my family before God. As much as I love God and desire to please him. I often struggle to make him number one in my life.

layneh said...

I understand what your saying, and I would concur that it is a form of idolatry.

Nothing should come before God, nothing. Like Job or Abraham, we should be willing to sacrifice our family if thats what God asks.

Roland said...

I have the same problems sometimes, Timm.
But God is always patient with me, and allows me to see that loving my family can be all about loving Him.
It isn't always that way, but it can be. When I start to neglect my family sometimes, I realize that I am neglecting God and His direction for my life.
And you're right that sometimes we forget what pleases God in order to please another or ourself.

And when I repeat this, I am not disagreeing with what you said, but just repeating it.
There is no law against love. True love.
True love requires sacrifices sometimes. Obedience and discipline constantly. And a desire to be transformed into the image of Christ.
I love the list of the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians.
It tells me things that there is no law against.
I love Philippians 4:8. It reminds me to focus on the good. I know the bad happens and I need to work on it, but the focus should always be on what is good and right and true. Because those things are of God.

I appreciate your help in getting me to not only articulate what I want to say, but to understand it better and refine it more into what God wants it to be. And me to be as well.

Timm said...

Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me --Matthew 10:37

That's what I'm talking about Roland.

Roland said...

So how does one love father or mother more than Jesus?

I can see some scenarios, but do you have any you could share?
Be as vague as you like.

Wonder Woman said...

Wow, as a response to your query..."What your idol"... and with the various pictures, I was going to (in fun) say - a vibrator!

However, now that I have full read everyone's comments I see that my tom foolery isn't acceptable ...

Or is it?


Roland said...

Is there a specific setting that is particularly idolized by you? ;p
See, silliness is okay.