by Rev Joel Yong
Deuteronomy 12:1-4 ESV
These are the statutes and rules that you shall be careful to do in the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess, all the days that you live on the earth. You shall surely destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. You shall tear down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars and burn their Asherim with fire. You shall chop down the carved images of their gods and destroy their name out of that place. You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way.
When Israel had taken charge of a piece of land- they were instructed to destroy all pagan temples of worship.
The key reason was so that they would not sink into idolatry and end up observing pagan religion.
It’s easy to get influenced by other cultures when we are in strange lands.
And God knows mankind is weak and that we would be easily enticed if the structures of pagan worship are left standing.
This is true even for other things that may seem non-religious but become idolatrous obsessions in our life.
For the alcoholic- it’s the presence of liquor in the home.
For the porn addict- it’s the images or videos downloaded.
For the gambler- it’s the casino membership or the failure to sign the self-exclusion form.
It can take many manifestations but what are these idolatrous ‘platforms’ in your life that you need to put away?