economy, idolatry

>The Destruction of the American Idol

>To say that the economic system of the USAmerica and the world has been shaken over the past month might seem to be quite an understatement. If, however, we consider that it is God’s hand doing the shaking, it may no longer appear so.

Hebrews 12:27 speaks of what happens when God shakes up man’s comfortable and complacent existence, with the clear intention of “the removal of the things that are shaken – that is, things that have been made – in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.” Why would God do such a thing? If you read the context (Heb. 12:18-29), you’ll see that God shakes up the world of man because man puts his trust in that which is created rather than in He who created. We have a tendency to trust in the immediate rather than the ultimate. That’s idolatry. And if there is one thing that you can always count on, it’s that God is going to demolish every false object of faith that detracts our eyes from the Truth!

Along these lines, it hit me the other day as I used the word “crisis” to describe the current economic situation, it’s only a crisis if the only thing we have to trust in is the economy or the government. By and large, USAmericans’ faith for well-being and security has based upon Wall Street and the soundness of world economic system. That’s idolatry. And over the past month, I believe God has been smashing our idol, or at the very least allowing to to collapse under its own weight. He hasn’t done this to be vindictive or cruel. He has done it because He is infinite in love and grace and He sees that we have placed our trust in that which is ultimately untrustworthy! He loves us far too much to allow us to trust in that which cannot last.

I truly believe that God is casting down the USAmerican idol in order to call our hearts to repentance for trusting in little created gods rather than in the Creator God. He is graciously giving people an opportunity to shift their faith and allegiance away from this corruptible and decaying world and towards His unshakable Kingdom. As the author of Hebrews continues in 12:28-29, “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”

Thus, what is the proper response of those who trust God to the current state of affairs? It is to worship God with reverence and awe, recognizing that He is a consuming fire burning up the USAmerican idol.



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