The previous verse told us that mankind in our “wisdom” has become fools. This verse gives specifics. It says that mankind forsook the worship of our glorious God and traded that for the worship of other things. This verse mentions an illegitimate religious experience involving idols of various shapes. It is easy to dismiss this glibly and roll our eyes while conjuring mental pictures of the people of Israel forgetting God and Moses and building the golden calf. This is a fair and legitimate mental picture, but it is not the whole picture.

We each have our own ways in which we forsake God’s glory for idols. It is simply our idols which differ. Yours may be relationships, money, success at work, recognition from peers, possessions, children, body image, entertainment…the list is endless. The bottom line, however, is that we each have things in our lives which vie for our attention. Those things to which you give your attention, your time ,or your focus are the things which potentially can wrestle your attention away from God.

It is a good thing to be a parent. It is a good thing to be a hard worker, make a good living and take care of your family. It is a good thing to be in shape, and it is a good thing to be a good friend. Yet, each of these things (and many more) can be the thing for which you exchange the glory of God and become a fool.

A well-known Christian leader often says, “When you take a good thing and make it a god thing, that is a bad thing.” That is so powerfully true in this discussion. Let God be God. Keep the other things in your life in their proper place.

Romans 1:23  They exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

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