Little children, keep yourselves from idols. (1 John 5:21)
Kyle Idleman, bestselling author of Not A Fan, writes another much needed book for us today. In Not A Fan Kyle challenged us to count the cost of following Christ and challenged us to stop being fans and become followers. In gods at war Kyle points to the stuff of life which can take priority over God in our lives and thus become idols.
When we think of idolatry some of us may think of people bowing to statues and images from Bible times and compare ourselves to them and think “i don’t do that”. Kyle points out that idolatry, although much more subtle now, isn’t much different back then from today, we just don’t make the statues. The outward expression may be different from the past, as far as statues and religions, but the heart of the matter is still the same. It is the battleground for your heart.
Idolatry is something we sacrifice for and what we pursue in the place of God. As Kyle Idleman points out it can be money, success, drugs, relationships and we can go on and on. He points out, in many instances we take good things and make them into god things. He also makes the case that idolatry isn’t just another issue it is the issue.
Here’s the point: Idolatry is the tree from which our sins and struggles grow. Idolatry is always the issue. It’s the trunk of the tree, and all other problems are just branches.
Kyle goes on to point out all the different idols in our society. With pastoral care he leads us on a journey of our own heart. With great testimonials coupled with the Word and insightful questions Kyle leads us in an inventory of our own heart to ask the questions like;
What if we do our “kneeling and our “bowing” with our imaginations, our cash, our search engines, our calenders?
In the student edition, Kyle does an excellent job relating his content to students. With topics and stories which directly effect them. Kyle Idleman has a gift of leading the reader on a journey of the heart through his writing style. I love this book and encourage you to pick up a copy.
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