And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. (Exo 32:1)
Far too many Christians have fallen for today’s Golden Calves. Not that they have physically fallen down to worship, but have turned to and effectively worshiped these calves in their lives and hearts.
These calves come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Here is one calf we need to watch for in our churches and in our own personal lives.
They fell for the Golden Calf of worldliness
Certainly this is the Golden Calf of the moment. We have fallen hard in our churches and ineffective Christian lives to worship the trends and lifestyles of the world.
We must be careful from where we get our ideas of what is good and appropriate worship. When our church “worship” looks and sounds like the world, we have fallen for the calf.
Other areas that would indicate we are succumbing to the calf worship of worldliness is that our dress, entertainment choices, personal music selections, and the activities we allow in our lives and home are markedly carnal and are the same as that of the world.
Why did the children of Israel so easily and quickly fall for the Golden Calf of worldliness?
First, for them, this was just so natural. They had spent their whole life in Egypt and it was what they were used to seeing and hearing. It was the “natural thing” to do.
Second, they were immature spiritually. They had only recently been freed to worship Jehovah as commanded. This is the same danger a new or immature Christian faces. To some degree, they just did not know better. That is why it is so important for young or inexperienced Christians to establish close relationships with strong Christians and get under the preaching of a solid fundamental pastor.
Third, like all of us, we tend to imitate what we see. They were imitators of the worship they had seen in the world. So we begin to imitate what we see and hear on television, the internet, and all forms of social media. This again illustrates the great need for careful Bible instruction, good discipleship, and mentoring in the right way to walk with and before our God.
Fourth, the flesh is strong and we all want to do what feels good. The three D’s of the calf – dancing, drinking, and debauchery – is what appeals to the flesh.
So child of God, be on guard and fall not for the lure of the Golden Calf of worldliness.
1John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Watch for the next installment of “Falling for the Golden Calves”.
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