Monday, August 17, 2009

The Idolatries of the West (pt. 1)

"In the affluent West, the most prevalent forms of idolatry are...overtly nonreligious: covetousness, greed, and sexual sin. (Paul links these sins to idolatry in Rom. 1:21-32; 1 Cor. 5:11; Gal.5:19; Eph. 5:5 and Col. 3:5.)

"The experience of affluence undoubtedly creates both an appetite for possessions and a worldview in which the meaning of life is decided in terms of what can be bought, owned, sold, and used. To have is to be.

"This is not only the seedbed in which greed and covetousness take root, but also the seedbed that produces the rapacious alternatives to the truth, worship and service of God...."

-- David Wells, "God the Evangelist" (Eerdmans 1987) p.20

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