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Idolatry: Money as Joy

January 10, 2010

Precursor: this post will make a lot more sense if you read THIS ONE first

For the last two weeks we’ve wrestled with a theme from Scripture that – if you comprehend – will give you some challenging insight into who you are, the depths and source of your sin, and your need for Christ.  Jesus emphatically says that the root of most of our money-problems is not a “money disorder”.  It’s a worship disorder called “idolatry”.

If idolatry is looking to something created for something only the Creator can give, then we can break “money-idolatry” down into two categories like this…

1)  People who are “savers” will be prone to an idolatry of security – looking to money as their sense of security and safety.  Their idolatry causes them to horde instead of being able to allocate money wisely and give generously.

2)  People who are “spenders” will be prone to an idolatry of joy – looking to money as a foundation and source of joy.  Their idolatry causes them to spend unwisely instead of being able to be wise and generous.

A few thoughts from today…

  • Our idols are almost always things we think we control when they actually control us.
  • “Addiction” is just secular psychology’s newest term for what the Bible calls “idolatry”
  • I think I’d rather hear Jimi Williams and our band play “Give Me Your Eyes” than Brandon Heath
  • While we THINK we control our money, if idolatry is in the picture it will master us.  Ask Andrew Carnegie.
  • A proper noun is a capitalized noun referring to a specific person, place, or thing 🙂
  • And one priceless image from this morning…

John Howard (aka "Tex") obviously lost a bet Thursday

This morning’s sermon will be available soon here.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kathy permalink
    January 11, 2010 10:40 am

    Josh – just wanted to let you know that I didn’t think I had a problem in this area (no money…no idolatry, right??) But you kind of stepped on my toes when you started giving examples that I haven’t realized before…spending more than you are making but then justifying afterwards…buying things or eating out when you don’t have the money just because I know it will make me happy…ouch!!

    Thanks for the “gentle discomfort”!

  2. josh permalink
    January 11, 2010 12:48 pm

    Thanks, Kathy. Those were from my personal experience in this area – my own (less than gentle lately) discomfort.

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