E. Glenn Wagner in his book The Church You’ve Always Wanted tells of an unusual temple in Kyoto, Japan. It is called “The Temple of the Thousand Buddhas.” He writes: “On display sit more than a thousand likenesses of Buddha, each a little different from all others. Devotees can come in, find the one that looks the most like himself or herself, and worship it. …how much like humans the world over. Left to ourselves, we naturally opt for whatever Buddha (or church) seems most like ourselves.” (The Church You’ve Always Wanted, p. 29.)
Paul declares in the book of Romans that the wrath of God comes against mankind because they set up little gods to worship. “…although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him,..” They instead “exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.” Idolatry is a way to circumvent worshipping the true God… setting up litte Mighty-Me’s to worship instead.
I’ve heard it said that Augustine defined sin being “caved in on oneself.” When one worships and serves “created things rather than the Creator,” (including oneself-created in God’s image) then that person fails to join with the rest of creation to proclaim His “eternal power and divine nature. (v.20)”
How do you know what you truly worship? Speaker and author Louie Giglio has an idea how to find out: “”Follow the trail of your time, your affection, your energy, your money and your allegiance. At the end of that trail, you’ll find a throne; and whatever, or whomever, is on that throne is what’s of highest value to you. On that throne is what you worship.” (The Air I Breathe)
So go ahead and take that journey in your mind. Who is that sitting there on the throne at the end of the trail? You or God?