Sunday, March 18, 2012
American Idols by Bob Hostetler
An overview of the various things that have become idols in our American culture. We may not have idols of wood and stone like in the Old Testament days, but we still have our idols that we cling to in our modern day culture. This book goes through many of these idols and challenges us to repent of these idols and to put God back into His rightful place in our lives.
I wrote a post on my other blog regarding individualism and how that can be a struggle for me. Some of the other idols that are tackled in this book include consumerism/materialism, celebrity worship, instant gratification, money, comfort and choice. Some of these are not immediately obvious as idols such as comfort and choice. But how much do we depend on being comfortable in our lives? How much do we take for granted and expect that we can make our own choices? We as Christians too easily fall into the culture around us and expect comfort and ease in our lives. We often make a decision based on whether we will be uncomfortable or not. I know I fall into this trap all too frequently, preferring to stay comfortable than have to be out of my comfort zone. Choice is perceived to be a right in American culture. But are we following God's choices or our own? Are we determined to have things our way or submit to what God has for us? This is an easy idol to fall prey to, particularly in the "have it your way" American culture around us.
A very challenging book, eye-opening to many of the idols we tend to have in our lives, often without realizing that we have made it an idol.