Paul and Barnabas became instant rock stars when they asked God to heal a man who had been lame since birth. But citizens of Lystra who hailed them one moment stoned them the next! Idolizing people – from politicians to athletes or even exceptionally godly Christians – is doomed to failure. Even the best of us have feet of clay. This is especially true when following the thoughts of one faction, like Paul or Apollos (Republicans or Democrats?), becomes more important than following Jesus.
Questions for further thought:
1. Have you ever idolized a famous human, only to be crushed when he or she turned out to be imperfect?
2. Have you ever identified yourself so strongly with the opinion of one person or group that you found yourself divided from other Christians?
Challenge: It’s not sinful in and of itself to admire other people. Think about where you draw the line between admiration and worship; then apply that principle to your human heroes.
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