Mr O, what is an idol?
You’ll tell me in a moment what is behind your question. The answer, however, is simple. Whatever receives the attention which is due to God alone is an idol.
It’s just that I’ve been reading 1 John and the apostle closes his letter by telling us to keep ourselves from idols. That has left me wondering what our modern idols might be.
That varies very much from person to person. But there is no doubt that there is one idol which has installed itself unnoticed in the vast majority of our churches. You see it almost everywhere. It is the idol of cultural relevance.