American Idols

Good luck charms ... crystals … talismans … mantras … pagan god décor … we know these things violate the Second Command's prohibition of idol worship.

But we can make “the good life” an idol too. We can assume that if we love God, He owes us comfort, happy family, good job, health, etc. Sometimes people even present the Gospel as a route to happiness, but Christ promises eternal not external benefits.

I sometimes bow to this “Good Life” idol. Then when things don’t go smoothly, I wonder what I did wrong. Is there some “God formula” I forgot? 

Remembering Joseph (Genesis 37-50) and Paul (2 Corinthians 6:3-10) helps me regain perspective. 

We give our lives to Christ because we’re destined for hell, lost, stupid, sinful and empty without Him. He offers us inner peace and joy—the abundant life (John 10:10), not “the good life” as the world defines it. 

If you sometimes idolize the good life, will you join me today in praying for forgiveness and perspective?
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© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011


  1. The abundant Life that He is.

  2. Idol worship would also include crosses, statues,flags,money. Anything that a person worships. True Christians walk by faith not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:8.


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