“Thus says the Lord God:  Repent and turn away from your idols.”  Ezekiel 14:6

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  Romans 12:2

One Biblical image of an idol is a golden calf.  Moses came down from the mountain, after a talk with God, and found people worshipping and offering sacrifices to a sculpture, a golden calf, as to a god.  The first thing on God’s to-do and not-to-do list commands otherwise.   

Rather than a crafted statue, the “golden calf” of today seems to be our problem with attitudes and obsessions. Growing up my sister and I read movie magazines.   Teen “idols” then were glamorous movie stars and rock stars.  I watched TV and saw girls my age in a frenzy as the Beatles performed.  As an adult, reading the newspaper, I see power and corporate success, wealth and social status as perceived “king of the mountain”.  Restoring youthful body image, smoothing and sculpting, is a huge industry.  Casinos and Powerball are seeing record profits. Aside from these are everyday obsessions – schedules and fussing, a different kind of frenzy – that drive us and distract us from our walk with God.     

Who is my idol today? At this point in my life I would not choose an athlete or rock star, but everyday people who are not so “everyday”.  First responders, selfless caregivers, a teacher … Those with traits such as courage, hospitality, patience and kindness; Jesus, the perfect example of grace and compassion.  Letting go of what is not good and acceptable and perfect, the things of this world, is a constant process  – the Holy Spirit restoring our spiritual image to the will of God.  

Our only one true God, “Keep our hearts and minds on Christ Jesus”.  Shield us from what distracts us from awareness of your presence, quiet time and prayer.  Open our eyes to goals and ambitions that serve your purpose, that are good and acceptable to your will.  Amen  

Verla Olson