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When the Israelites exclaimed, "Here are your gods!" at the sight of the golden calf, they were attempting to hold on to the God of their history while fashioning idols for their own purposes. In today's Western world, plenty of shiny false gods still hold power - idols of prosperity, nationalism, and self-interest. Christians desperately need to name and expose these idols. We must retrieve the biblical emphasis on idolatry and apply it anew in our journey of following Jesus. 

In "Here Are Your Gods", Old Testament scholar Christopher J. H. Wright combines a biblical study of idolatry with practical discipleship. He calls listeners to consider connections between Old Testament patterns and today's culture, especially recurring temptations to trust in political power. Now as much as ever, we need a biblically informed understanding of the many ways humans make gods for themselves, the danger of idols, and how God calls us to join him in the battle against idolatry as part of his ongoing mission to be known and worshiped by all peoples.

©2020 Christpher J. H. Wright (P)2021 eChristian

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  • Jamie Hatfield
  • 2021-04-14

combined truth and error

I appreciate Christopher Wright clear desire to encourage Christians to be molded by God and biblical truth rather than nationalism, consumerism etc. However, his economic conclusions and apparent endorsement of policies of the Labour Party in England and the Democratic Party in the US seems contrary to fact and a bit arrogant. I do believe both Brexit and Trump are "symptoms " of idolatry and failure of the body of Christ for decades and in fact centuries to live out the scripture, but the gross failings economic policies of the left the US has help create the very economic disparities, single mother households and race bating that is certainly taken in place now I n the US. I too am disgusted with where we as Christians have permitted our society to drift by becoming part of it rather than lights in it, but I do not see globalism, redistribution as biblical. That certainly appears to be the underlying tenor of his conclusions.

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