Idolatry seems to be the least of our concerns in modern time. Idolatry is something weird guys did back in Bible times, sticking idols under menstruating women’s saddles et al. Weird stuff like that.
We don’t have idols and the closest your pastor gets to talking about idols is mentioning your television viewing habits. However, a proper definition of idolatry will bring this sin into perspective.
Idolatry is imagining things about God and acting as if they were true. It’s inventing a god that suits your understanding, inclinations, and doesn’t bug your happy thoughts. In other words: idolatry is making a God just like you, or at least what you think you are just like.
Idolatry is believing things about God that are not biblical, things that are not consistent with God’s revelation of Himself. Every verse in the Bible that you ignore, explain away, find loopholes for because they just don’t feel right, if left undealt with will lead to idolatry.
People don’t like the God that makes hell–welcome an idol.
People don’t like a God that destroys cities–welcome an idol.
People don’t like a God that lets injustice exist–welcome an idol.
People don’t like a God that condemns their favorite fleshly activity–welcome an idol.
People don’t like a God that lets sinners get away with sin for a season– welcome an idol.
Anything you believe about God that is not consistent with who He says He is, brings on idolatry. Many believe in God; few believe in the God of the Bible. Idols are all over our churches. You may not see them, you may not think you are praying to them, but they are there and the God of the Bible is not too thrilled about this.
These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.