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Burn Those Idols

By Don Loftis | 06.20.12

Recently The Christian Chronicle carried a story of Christians in Africa (Burkina Faso) burning piles of  artifacts associated with their past idolatry.  They demonstrated their new faith in the one, true, almighty God by destroying these pots, gourds, animal skins, and skulls. Two local members, Benoit and Prosper, led the group in singing, “Hey, demons go home! No one wants you around here any more.”

Such a scene reminds us of the biblical account in Acts 19 of the actions of some Ephesian converts.  “And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight of all; and they counted up the price of them and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing.” (Acts 19:19-20).

Both of these events demonstrated great faith and challenged the faulty concepts of their cultures.  Danger and ridicule were quite real concerns.  Yet, Christians separated by nearly two millenniums made the same brave decision to serve God alone.

Remembering that an idol is anything that takes precedence over God, what idols do we need to remove?  Our jobs, our hobbies, our pleasures, and even our families can be allowed to blind us from seeing and serving the Lord.  Challenging our cultural gods of materialism and self-advancement may not be popular, but it is necessary.  Let’s learn a lesson from our African brethren.

 


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