Idols

While looking around on BibleGateway for verses on modesty yesterday, I came across a link to this blogpost.  The blogpost was written six years ago (Nov 2012) and references an article.  Unfortunately, I can’t find the full article anywhere on the web.

The part that stood out to me in particular was this:

When our priorities get mixed up,

Our family (or worse yet, the family-integrated ministry model) becomes a sort of idol. Idolatry is when we substitute or place a created thing in the rightful place of the Creator. When we get ourselves backwards and pursue as our primary goal the family-integrated thing, the homeschooling thing, the patriarchy thing, the breeding thing, the modesty/home-baked bread thing, or the “making sure our boys are tough warriors and not wimpy” thing, instead of God’s glory, idolatry is just around the corner.

I think Jay Barfield gets it right, but does not speak out strongly enough and also stops short of mentioning other things that can also become idols.

When we get ourselves backwards and pursue as our primary goal the family-integrated thing, the Christian homeschooling thing, the no-college thing, the patriarchy thing, the courtship thing, the breeding thing, the modesty/home-baked bread thing, the dresses-only/head-covering thing, or the making-sure-our-boys-are-tough-warriors-and-not-wimpy and making-sure-our-girls-are-submissive-and-groomed-to-be-helpmeets thing, instead of God’s glory, idolatry is just around the corner. it is idolatry.

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Posted on Sunday, January 20th, 2013, in Christian Living, Fundamentalism, Home Schooling and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. “Idolatry” is a useful religious tool for saying “your priorities aren’t the same as mine”. It’s like astrology, you can make it mean just about anything. A more conservative person could switch all those things around above and just accuse you of the same thing under the same banner.

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  2. “A more conservative person could switch all those things around above and just accuse you of the same thing under the same banner.”

    Actually, I’ve heard the opposite from ‘more conservative’ people.

    Sending our children to Sunday School (rather than doing the family-integrated thing), sending them to public schools, encouraging them to go to college, not following the patriarchical model, practicing birth control, etc, etc is seen as being ‘of the world’ and not truly following God’s Way (TM).

    Nevertheless, you make a good point.

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