Idolatry is a big deal. It was a big enough deal that the Transjordan tribes almost got wiped out by the tribes that lived west of the Jordan River. They were not going to allow this group to worship other gods and get away with it. Even in Joshua’s final words, his main issue is with idolatry. Do not take on the customs and religious practices of the people by allowing them to survive war or intermarry. If so, God’s blessing will turn to curse. I have to admit that I engage in idol worship. I worship the god of money at times as well as the companion god of materialism. I worship at the altar of comfort and pleasure and I am not a better follower of Jesus as a result.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.