“Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men…”Ezekial 16:17
It’s all about image. In Old Testament times, God’s people were enticed by the cultures and religions they encountered, which often featured the worship of idols made of precious metals or jewels. As their eyes focused on these images, they lost sight of the true God and the gifts He had given them.
Today, rather than turning outwards towards graven images, it is our own images we worship. We fret over the possibility that the fellow next to us might have a sleeker car, a bigger home, or a nicer suit. We long for flashy flat screen TVs and flatter abs. We need the right clothes, right hair (if we still have any), and heaven forbid if we miss a visit to the nail salon. It as if we are making of ourselves artificial images for others to worship. And, as with idols, inside there is emptiness.
James and Judith McConkie have observed: “If the center of your allegiance is yourself, your religious exactitude, your own personal comfort and pleasure, your politics, your profession, your hobbies, your bank account–something other than God and neighbor–then you cannot convincingly call yourself a Christian. In the final analysis, it is what we decide to love that really counts.” (Whom Say Ye That I Am?, 79).
“The requirement that we should love the Lord above fish, bank accounts, automobiles, fine clothing, stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, or any other possession is total; it is absolute.”James E. Faust