Shrines of the Heart
A Shrine is defined the Encarta Dictionary as an object or place revered for its associations or history. There are other definitions as well, but this is the definition that serves for today’s discussion.
Heart is defined by the same dictionary as the source and center of emotional life, where the deepest and sincerest feelings are located and a person is most vulnerable to pain. Again there are other definitions which may apply to this discourse.
So a shrine of the heart is an object or place that is revered as the central element of our emotional life. For many that shrine is money! For others, the shrine is sex. Others may value cars, houses, boats, motorcycles, etc. In today’s political climate, some of these shrines may be abortion, so-called gay rights, women’s rights and other rights granted by the government such as welfare, humanism, etc. I think it would be safe to say that these shrines are our modern day idols. These ideas/ideals are increasingly consuming our time, talent and treasure; the resources God granted to us to do his will. Instead of dedicating these resources back to God’s work, we are chasing these vain idols.
In Ezekiel 14:3 – 5, God again deals with idolatry in His people:
“Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and have put right their faces their iniquity. Should I be consulted by them at all?
Therefore, speak to them and tell them, ‘Thus says the LORD God, Any man of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, puts right before his face his stumbling block of his iniquity, and then comes to the prophet, I the LORD will be brought to give him an answer in the matter in view of the multitude of his idols, in order to lay hold of the hearts of the house of Israel who are estranged from Me through their idols.”
God further tells Ezekiel to tell the people of Israel to repent and quit separating themselves from Him.
Our culture is becoming farther and farther removed from God. So much so, that even the church is moving away from God and taking up idolatry. You, however can be a change agent in your local church. It only takes one to start the movement. You and I can start by examining ourselves and tearing down those shrines that we have built that are squeezing God out and asking him to be Lord of our lives. It will be hard but it is necessary. Christian, repent.
- What are you doing in the dark? (shilohrestoration.org)
- Is Idolatry Practiced Today? (mychristiancoffeeshop.wordpress.com)