People tend to follow the leader. What their leader worships, the people worship. Many Americans think, “We do not worship idols. We are a Christian nation.”
However, some worship animals. They will not kill one. It might be my ancestor.
Others worship rocks and stones. From nearly the beginning of time people have carved them into animals, people and things and bowed down to them. God thundered from Heaven against these false gods. He said, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. ...Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them” (Exo. 20:4-5).
Some leaders say, “I do not bow down to idols.”
At the same time, they set up idols in their hearts. They pray not to God Almighty. God said, “I will set my face against that man” (Eze. 14:8).
What is an idol? Anything that comes between us and God becomes an idol in our hearts. Money often turns into an idol. We cannot serve God and money. Do we love wealth more than we love God? This cuts a person off from God.
Lust also constitutes an idol. Men lust after women. Women often lust for pretty things and clothes. Others lust after food. God calls them gluttons. God says, “Make not provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof” (Rom. 13:14). A godly leader seeks after the things that please God.
The Lord of the universe instituted governments for our good. It protects us from enemy forces without and within our country. If we obey the law, it keeps us out of trouble. On the other hand, some trust in the government instead of in God. The church and the family used to take care of widows. Now we depend upon the government. Some able-bodied men rely on welfare to provide for their families. This keeps them from working hard and wiping the sweat off their brows. Whom do we trust in—God or man?
Men think they are macho and can figure it out for themselves. This reasoning leaves God out of the picture, and is self-destructive.
The United Nations embodies a powerful force. Can they deliver us from the pitfalls of life? It appears that ungodly leaders seek to take over this body.
God looks for leaders who worship Him in spirit and in truth. Honest leaders of integrity and humility please Him. Proverbs 3:5-6 sums it all up: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Let us stand up for God and do right.