All of my friends who have traveled to India comment when they return on the ubiquitous shrines to the millions of "gods" of Hinduism. Surely in such a context the first commandment makes sense - "You shall have no other gods before me." But does it really apply in 21st century America? We rarely if ever see anyone bowing down in front of a statue. We of all people are freed from such superstition.
Or are we? Idolatry is alive and well in America today. It is just a different kind of idolatry than is practiced in some other places in the world. But before we point the finger at our society at large, we had better examine our own hearts. This is the point of the first commandment. Because God is the Lord, and because he is our Lord, and because of what our Lord has done for us to bring us into a special relationship with himself, we of all people must be sure to worship the Lord exclusively. We will consider this together this Sunday. Please join us!
Come Thou Almighty King (#63)
Give to Our God Immortal Praise (#53)
Holy, Holy, Holy (#3)
How Great Thou Art (#28)
Have Thine Own Way, Lord (#528)