{1 Corinthians 10:14; NLT}

So, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols.

In the same way, we know a good thing has become a counterfeit god when it's demands on you exceed proper boundaries. Making an idol out of work may mean that you work until you ruin your health, or you break laws in order to get ahead. Making an idol out of love may mean allowing the lover to exploit and abuse you, or it may cause terrible blindness to the pathologies in the relationship. An idolatrous attachment can lead you to break any promise, rationalize any indiscretion, or betray any other allegiance, in order to hold on to it. It may drive you to violate all good and proper boundaries. To practice idolatry is to be a slave of sin.

Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods, pp. 23-24

Questions to Consider:

  • What is something in your life that is exceeding its proper boundaries?
  • Why is this form of idolatry so dangerous?
  • What can you do to make sure things stay within their proper boundaries.
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