This article is the result of many tears and many years in the desert using my wealth and glory to form gods of wood that cannot speak when instead I should have and could have been silent
I wrote last year about how we, like Hagar, find ourselves in the desert by following a string of unreliable springs. That milder form of idolatry can happen almost through passivity and wandering. Most people in those circumstances are already bruised and battered. Love demands that their sin be revealed only through the soothing of the wounds and the covering of their nakedness. Today we talk about a more active form of idolatry arising also from the pits of pride, fear and despair. In this case, love requires that these people must see their nakedness before they can be clothed.
Give us gods to go before us cause I don’t know when this God is showing up and I got places to be and goals to accomplish. This was the cry of Adam and Eve as they ate the fruit, the cry of Cain who killed his brother, the cry of Israel who wanted a king and the cry of Saul who offered a sacrifice. This is the cry of lost churches (Can they even be called churches?) who say, "Just be yourself because we cannot wait for you to find your self through obedience to the Word." In their eagerness for freedom, they hid the law that brings freedom and deny that Jesus is God
I can’t wait for God. Yet the night is dark and uncertainty fills me with fear. Pastor, pastor. Here is my gold. Here are my itching ears. Now make me gods to go before me. Fake the boom of His Thunder. Give me freedom and give me rules. Help me make from darkness a masquerade of light
Now, as always, no one consults God. I often fail to ask Him what He wants or what He plans. The tragedy of all this is that God knows the desires of our hearts. In every single case where we’ve gone ahead of God, He had a plan to give us that very thing we were longing for. In every single case. Oh when I look back at my life, at all the things that could have been, I begin to weep. How life could have gone if only I had waited a little longer, if only I had taken up the Lamp
This was the case with humanity at Babel.
Yet if Genesis 11 is about the destruction of a nation, we find God in Genesis 12 laying the foundations of a Holy Nation. So much can be learned in this contrast but let us say only this: God affirms the human desire to build nations through His Promise to Abram in
This is the pattern with every desire of our heart. God created our desires and never ignores them or makes light of them. We are like children reaching for food except we do not know that some “foods” are poison. He is the Father who is scrambling to help us obtain our desires in a way that will not destroy us. He does this repeatedly in the Bible.
like people, like priests
But no matter how individualistic people become, they are always in need of a priest. People worship best when there is affirmation and permission to worship and such affirmation is given by the priest. Who then are the priests? The false priest is the person that uses your confused words to write for you a story. The false prophet takes your desires and your gold and fashions for you an idol. The true priest teaches you how to give to God your desires and your gold. The true prophet teaches you how to write God’s story with your words. Idols often begin as weak amorphous things but through interpretation and vision, Aaron, the priest, sculpts for the people golden calf. So fundamental is this dynamic that even at the end of everything, we find again the people and the priest, the people and the false prophet of the beast
It should not be surprising that you can find priests everywhere proclaiming and extolling the supremacy of the various gods of our day: money, family, consumerism, sexuality and so on. Most of them are scientists, actors, reporters and government officials. These are the people you see on television actively weaving our lives into a great story, telling us where we come from, where we are going and which gods we should worship to to get us there. Like Aaron, they lie and say, "This science, this sex, this patriotism, this -ism... these are are the gods that brought you out of Egypt and these gods will bring you into the promised land"
But Christian, you are a member of The Royal Priesthood. While false priests spout lies, you must be truth. Your job is to teach men and women from every nation and tongue how to speak the Holy Tongue, the Word of God. You are to teach them how to write the story of God using their lives, their words and every breath. You must teach that God CANNOT be fashioned from gold or silver or words. Instead, teach them to give to God their desires and their everything so that God may bring their desires to life