Every Sunday hundreds of millions of Americans gather to worship.
Not that kind of worship.
We worship at the altar of pro football.
Others worship at the altar of Hollywood celebrity.
Even more worship at the altar of Amazon or Target or Macys, as if acquiring more stuff will ever feed a hungry heart.
For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.
Acts 17:23 (NIV)
If the apostle Paul were to journey through modern America what would he find?
People worshipping sports, celebrities, other people and things.
People worshipping unknown gods.
Does a father who teaches his kids to love pro football really know that he’s showing his boys it’s ok to be abusive and self-centered like some high profile (not all) NFL players are these days?
Does a mother who allows her children to watch her worship a favorite actor or actress knowingly tell her kids it’s ok to abuse drugs, alcohol and ultimately one’s own self?
Do the parents who are constantly in debt because they’ve maxed out their credit cards buying so much stuff they have to have a self-storage unit to house the overflow teach their little ones that the key to happiness is having so much stuff you can’t possibly enjoy it all?
Where does this craving to worship come from?
Why are we all left so unfulfilled when we pray at the altar of these unknown gods?
What can we do to guide our society back to the one who made it all?
Take a moment and sit quietly with eyes closed – ask the question in your mind: Where should I direct my worship?
If you can calm your mind, shut out the noise and focus on the answer, it very well may change your life.