Summary: Theology is the biggest deal in the world. Every one has a theology, even if they are not aware of it. This sermon asks us to stop and think about these issues.
THE ANSWER SERIES
DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHAT I THINK?
I Jn 5:21Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
I heard about a traveler who, between flights at an airport,
bought a small package of cookies.
She then sat down in the busy snack shop to glance over
the newspaper. As she read her paper, she became
aware of a rustling noise. Peeking above the newsprint
she was shocked to see a well-dressed gentleman sitting
across from her, helping himself to her cookies.
Half-angry and half-embarrassed, she reached over and
gently slid the package closer to her as she took one out
and began to munch on it.
A minute or so passed before she heard more rustling. The
man had gotten another cookie! By now there was only one
left in the package. Though flabbergasted, she didn’t want
to make a scene so she said nothing.
Finally, as if to add insult to injury, the man broke the
remaining cookie into two pieces, pushed one piece across
the table toward her with a frown, gulped down his half, and
left without even saying thank you. She sat their
Some time later when her flight was announced, the woman
opened her handbag to get her ticket. To her shock, there
in her purse was her package of unopened cookies. And
somewhere in that same airport was another traveler still
trying to figure out how that strange woman could have
been so forward and insensitive.
Assumptions make for funny stories ...but in much of life
assumptions can cost you your soul.
If we make the assumption that all people think like we do
we not only deceive ourselves, set ourselves up to be led
astray but we also short circuit our ability to clearly and
effectively communicate the gospel.
If we assume all people think alike we will be vulnerable to
the lies that so invade our every day lives...
If terrorists were to secretly infiltrate our places of
business, our church and even our homes and we
discovered it we would be terrified and outraged....but there
is something much more dangerous than terrorists
infecting our homes, churches and lives...it is a secular
It is a way of thinking about life that is opposed to
scripture....but does it really matter what I think?
One of Gods biggest beefs with his people throughout
scripture was that of idiolatry.
Exod. 20:1-6 1And God spoke all these words: 2"I
am the LORD your God, who brought you out of
Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3"You shall have
no other gods before me. 4"You shall not make for
yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven
above or on the earth beneath or in the waters
below. 5You shall not bow down to them or
worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a
The whole bible is peppered with stories of God
reminding, rebuking and even punishing Israel for their
continual flirting with other Gods or better know as idols.
Now we know that an idol is nothing ....only a piece of wood
Why is it than that Israel would turn from their loving God
and give their allegiance to a piece of stone?
Does that make sense to you?
Did they walk down the road one day and see this really
neat looking piece of granite and say...oh my rock ....just
what I always longed for a stone to be my God...
Oh I love you rock....you are so beautiful...I shall forsake all
others and you and I will be with each other for ever....from
now on I will be know as a rockett.
No ....the Israelis were not attracted to the piece of wood or
stone...but rather to the thinking that was behind it.
It was a world view they ran after. It was a world view that
For example:... many Jews divorced God and ran after the
heathen God, Moloch.
Now Moloch was just a Metal statue..however behind
Moloch was a world view that the Israelis loved and God
This religion believed that pleasure was the ultimate good
and therefore not only was all the desires of man permitted
to be fulfilled...but, encouraged as a form of
worship...subsequently...all over the country side were
temples where the most beautiful young girls in the country
were brought and there they served in the temple as
When a man wanted to worship his God Moloch he would
pay a few dollars to the temple and then go have sex with
as many of these young girls as he choose.
No wonder Israel forsook god and ran after Moloch.
There was another attraction....behind the graven image
was a world view..but behind the world view was a demon