Thursday, March 6, 2008

more on contemporary idolatry

Two thoughts:

1.) In terms of consumerism and materialism, some people still worship gods of wood and stone in their homes-- a deep and abiding desire to have wooden floors and granite kitchen counters.

2.) In terms of the macroeconomy, many people worship the absence of the business cycle and the government's perceived ability to placate the angry god of the recession.


At March 7, 2008 at 6:39 PM , Blogger said...

A friend was raging against the one-eyed monster that has become the god of idolatrous Christians.

When I noted I had built a room addition to house my idol and plugged in a 5:1 stereo to boot, he was not amused.

But you are correct.

The phrase "In God We Trust" bears witness on our currency and some of our license plates.

The question is: Which God do we trust?

If we trust government for welfare, education and health, then I'm assuming we're trusting Our Uncle Sam Which Art in Washington.

At March 7, 2008 at 8:16 PM , Blogger Eric Schansberg said...

the god in which most Americans trust-- and the one denoted on the money and in our pledge-- is the god of civil religion...

when we look (too passionately) to government for sustenance, security and solutions, we risk idolatry...


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