Idols. The word itself sparks dusty, distant, ancient images of temples, statues and sacrifice. Idols. For many, they are a thing of the past, but idols still lurk among us. They are luring and seducing with their promises of freedom and safety and happiness and purpose. That's how all idols are fashioned, with hands that want good things. But when small, impotent things take the place of Ultimate Beauty and Good, then we are just as idolatrous and confused as the Corinthians were so long ago.
And idols are just the start. Paul connects the reality of idolatry in his day with the tensions of living well in the community of Jesus followers and the right usage of our freedom in Christ. In fact, here is where the greatest impact lies for us... and for you. This perspective makes Paul's words exponentially more practical and tangible.
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