A Meditation: On Exodus 34:13-14 // Tear Down Their Altars //

by Matheus Yuhlung

asherah-pole“You shall tear down their altars and break their pillars and cut down their Asherim (for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),” – Exodus 34:13-14

It is funny how much we hold on to secular (social) maxims of life; that even after converting to Christianity we forget that we’re still following the old ways – thinking that there is really no harm. Speaking particularly of my society which is a Hindu majority society; I found it quite absurd at how some of the Christian converts still followed astrology, tarot card readings and numerology and how still some wore protection bracelets, pendent and threads (which they believed kept them away from evil forces). But most of all I’m amazed at how some even managed to understand the word of God through the perspectives of socially construed ideas of ethics.

This is the very reason why the whole Old Testament stretches a great deal in abolishing the very idea of idolatry because of this fact that man has a propensity to make idols and worship his own imaginations. And idolatry is such that God is utterly disgusted with. It is essential that when we’ve accepted Christ we learn to identify ourselves only with Christ and Christ alone.

It is true that we are not bound by the laws anymore. It is true that we don’t worship idols or sacrifice to them in the most literal sense. But it is also true that idolatry has entered the Christian lifestyle in the form of opinions, ideas, entertainment et cetera. Let us take great care, and if today we’ve found in ourselves any emotions or a habit that has an inclination towards idolatry let the Holy Spirit give us the strength to tear it down.

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