Every one of us can invent our own deal. We can take bits and pieces of different forms of truth and knit together our own special little belief system. We can be as creative as we want to be in the forming of our unique rudder. We don’t have to rely on any single source as a restrictive covenant cramping our preferences.
Of course, when we decide to make up our own beliefs, we make up our own god(s). In effect, we create our own little religion. The religion of “me.”
This can be done in the comfort and security of Christian churches. We can take certain Scripture and isolate those passages for the shaping of our preferred doctrine. Then, from the limited misapplication of a single Scripture, we can label others as heretics when they don’t agree with our heresy.
By contrast, we can remember. We can remember that God is God and come to Him without our little created god(s) as competition or compromise. We can wait on Him and rely on Him and rest in Him. We can relate with Him.
“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.” (Psalm 115: 4-8)
Notice two things from this passage regarding idols:
- They are not relational – While they have the characteristics of someone who can interact (eyes, ears, etc.), they don’t. They are static. There is no life breathed and imparted through interaction.
- They affirm the identity of the creator – In this case, the identity of the one that created the idol is affirmed in as much as the creator then becomes like the idol. The idol was born of the preferences of the creator and the creator then is affirmed to become like the idol. It’s a closed loop.
God created us for interactive relationship with Him. He created us to actually interact with Him, not the ideas we have been fed or made up about Him, but the living, breathing Him. In the flow of relational interaction, the Creator will shape us to increasingly reflect Him where we will yield to Him.
Idols sit static as the idol maker places delusional justification for their place as god in their own life. If we’ll smash the idol of us on the truth of Jesus, we’ll receive breath and life where imagination once affirmed a static creation of self.