Monday, February 21, 2011

My i dol(l)

   The concept of  i dol(l) came from a BSF classmate, Sue, during the study of Isaiah. Thank you Sue for your insight. Praise God for his revelation.

  It is the time of  i phones,  i pads and  i pods. All personalized to our wants and needs,  and for everything we want or need...."there is an app for that."  an application, a download if you will.

so why not an i  dol(l)
like a doll, a me, filled to the brim with every convenient helpful application I desire.

I mean..we create idols all the time.

  John Calvin said the heart is a perpetual idol factory.
Sport events and teams that take all our time, energy and money, only to be let down when the season is over.
   We seek people and their opinions over God's

We have plenty of time to read but never time to read scripture. Perhaps taking the word of a mere man as gospel over the gospel itself.
We can be controlled by drink, food, addictions, or sex.  Only to be left feeling full of self and empty of soul.


 Many cultures today still worship the idols of old, statues demi- gods.
But the oldest idol of all is still the most prevalent. The idol of self.
Why not call it the  i dol(l)
     downloadable, upgradable

Maybe I , my doll, is programmed to believe marriage is good and honorable, that relationships are sacred and should be protected.
then....someone comes along that gives me attention or makes me feel good,
I know Jesus said to look at another with lust is adultry

      Do I download that app? or do I disregard it?

God says not to covet anything of my neighbors, but my i dol(l) wants a bigger house and a nicer he has. I can always choose to download the I am content and thankful for what I have app or the I deserve it, he doesn't, it's not fair  app.

Do not steal! Sounds good to me I don't want anyone stealing from me, yet

   I "borrow" from work or I copy a friends CD or computer program.
I mean I'm not really stealing that...they charge too much anyway. There is an app for that.

 James 1 :26 if anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight reign on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

NEVERMIND... my i dol(l) is full there isn't even room for that one!

I fashion my i dol(l) however I like,
I serve my i dol(l)   I choose my i dol(l)

I often follow my i dol(l)'s whims and emotions, reacting to the world around me.
Is 44:20       Idols mislead and delude
 Is 57:13     Idols cannot save
Is 42:17      Those who trust in idols will be turned back in utter shame

Exodus 20

The Ten Commandments
 1 And 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[a] me.
 4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

idol- anything put in the place of God
             anything you exalt in your heart that is a substitute for God
           any belief about God that is not true

How do we cure idol and i dol(l) worship?
Well......guess what there is an app for that. It is called scripture.


1. the act of putting to a special use or purpose
2. the special use or purpose to which something is put
3. the quality of being usable for a particular purpose or in a special way; relevance: 
4. close attention; persistent effort an act or instance of spreading on, rubbing in, or bringing into contact: the application of a compress to a wound;

a salve, ointment, or the like, applied as a soothing or healing agent.
The word of God for a special purpose, relevant, a salve, an ointment applied to a wound. 

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  1. Wonderful post, Shannon!! I certainly need to read this one alot! I'm so thankful for your insight and for sharing it with us!

  2. Love this. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Well said. You got me thinking, that's for sure!

  4. Interesting concept. It's so easy to find lots of new i (dol)ls. Thank you for sharing.

  5. You wrote this post in perfect form and certainly have me analyzing what my idols are. Thanks for posting it.

  6. Hello Shannon, We certainly are idol worshipers..Everthing around us is programmed to want.. You need this and you need that. We make an idol of our stomach, our sport and just about everthing...the world races so fast from one thing to another and everyone feels they need to keep up. It is tiresome.
    Good Post. Very thought provoking. Bless you. xx

  7. I think this is something we need to be constantly on guard with. The devil is sneaky and would love to sneak one into our life without us realizing it until it takes root. Thank you for this reminder.

  8. So many people don't think twice about some of this. Thank-you for sharing this post that is so important.

  9. Lots of food for thought here. Thank you for posting.

  10. Hi Shannon,

    Today is my first visit to your blog. I enjoyed reading this assessment of today's technology, in light of it's spiritual impact. I've worked in IT my entire professional career, and the possible capabilities of emerging technolgies (e.g., biotech and engineering) are far-reaching.

    It's strange that despite our advancements, we, as a global society seem to move further from God; choosing instead to embrace and worship the created thing, rather than the Creator.

    Blessings and peace.


  11. Whoa. Leaned far over the keyboard reading, I literally sat back sharply in my chair at the words, " John Calvin said the heart is a perpetual idol factory." and "We have plenty of time to read but never time to read scripture. Perhaps taking the word of a mere man as gospel over the gospel itself."

    Time to evaluate my schedule! Thanks Shannon, for this serious wake-up call.

  12. Love it. Thank you....leaving the computer now.....for a real life app.