The church is very distracted with the three main social and cultural issues in America: Homosexuality, Abortion and Racism. However, I am here to present to you that even as all sin leads to destruction, there is a sin that is above the rest. I am here also to submit to you that the church is guilty of the committing the worst of all sins. Ezekiel 16:46-47 tells us,
46 “Your elder sister is Samaria, who dwells with her daughters to the north of you; and your younger sister, who dwells to the south of you, is Sodom and her daughters. 47 You did not walk in their ways nor act according to their abominations; but, as if that were too little, you became more corrupt than they in all your ways. (NKJV)
What brought Israel to her captivity was the sin of Idolatry. Israel turned her spirit away from God and towards the idols of other nations. Everybody knows that Sodom is known for the homosexual sin, but in Ezekiel 16:47 we read: “…you became more corrupt than they in all your ways.”
The first commandment is to love God above all things. Jesus told us in Matthew 22:35-38
35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. (NKJV)
What does it mean to love God above all things? There are many things we can say about our heart, our soul and our minds. However, for this article’s sake we will stay with the basics.
The heart is the part of us that makes decisions. That is why the Bible encourages us to search our hearts and warns us of how deceitful our hearts can be. The soul is what gives life to our bodies. With the mind we think, we process and understand things.
To be in pursuit of loving God above all things means that God is central in our decision-making. It means that God is indeed the Captain of our soul and not ourselves and, it means that we have Him constantly in our minds.
Do you remember how you felt when you were in love? How you could not keep that person out of your mind? How much more are we called to love God? We are called to love Him above all things.
The greatest evidence of how filled with idolatry the church is not found in the size of our church buildings, in how large our congregations are, in how many TV stations broadcast our services, in how many radio stations we are on, how many times we “go to church”, how long we have been a Christian, how much seminary we have or in how many ministries we are involved in. The greatest evidence of our love for God is found in our prayer life. How can we love God above all things without having a prayer life? How can He be a part of our decision making? How can He be the center of our lives? How can we say that He is always in our minds when He is not seen in the way we act and in the things we do?
Capitalism has done a great job in keeping us busy doing a million things. People have bought the lie that we don’t have time to pray or that prayer is not as important as some make it sound. Somehow, someway, we have believed the lie that it is ok to wake up in the morning and go on about our business without acknowledging God for anything.
We truly have become a church that has a form of Godliness, but is denying God’s power. That is the reason prayer is on the bottom of our list of priorities.
Whatever is consuming our hearts, souls and minds is taking the place of God. A life filled with idols is a defeated life. In Joshua 7 we learn that when we have idols in our lives, God can’t fight our battles. This is the place where the church is at, right now. The church is so busy fighting against the homosexual agenda, so busy coming against abortion and so busy coming against racism that in the process we are closing our eyes in dealing with our own mess.
See, I am sure that Israel looks at Samaria as less than them; we can see in John 4 that they will not even walk through Samaria. I am sure that Israel saw Sodom as the worst of the worst. However, in the eyes of God, it was Israel who sinned with a greater sin.
May we bring down our idols, may the Lord give us hearts, souls and minds that are sold-out to Him, and may the Lord raise up a church that will conquer that land of her own destiny and bring down the giants that stand on our way.