“Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, “THE PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK, AND STOOD UP TO PLAY.” – 1 Cor. 10:7
Herein is the essence of idolatry. When people live for self-pleasure, they engage in idolatry. Paul wrote, “do not be idolaters.” But we often think of idolatry as being only related to the worship and homage given to things fashioned by human hands in the form of creatures and created things (Acts 17:29). Paul said, “Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man.” But we see from Paul’s words that idolatry arises in other forms that can subtly creep into everyone’s life. Specifically, feasting and gluttonous parties are a type of idolatry. Various forms of recreation, i.e. play, are, or can be, forms of idolatry. Just as with Israel, men today worship these idols. They put God last. They skip the assembly on the first day of the week. Fellowshiping with the church is a question of convenience instead of necessity. So, instead of worshiping the only true God, they bow at the alters of Hollywood and sports teams. Instead of living sacrificially for Jehovah, they worship the modern distractions of our culture. Oh, they wouldn’t call it “worship”, but it is worship. Paul says that Israel practiced idolatry that was charactized by eating, drinking, and playing. That defines many today. This is not news. But sadly, it defines some who have made the confession to follow Christ and then have turned back to the same idolatrous ways of Israel. May we serve and worship the only true God, and may we have no other gods before Him.