“Idolizing a minister doesn’t make the SIN of idolatry any less of a sin…”
Social media makes it ridiculously easy to idolize people and their lives. We often look at the lives of others or should I say the POSTS of others, and begin to idolize their IMAGE. The world does this with celebrities and unfortunately, many of us Christian women do this with other women in ministry whom we may admire.. So instead of WANTING the God that she serves, you want the LIFE God gave her. You want the image and you view Christ as a vehicle to help you attain it.. We begin to idolize THEM and their gift and not the Lord. We start to want to be like “them” instead of wanting to be like “Christ”. We’ve become hardcore followers of a PEOPLE instead of hardcore DISCIPLES of Christ.
If our relationship with the Lord is soley dependent on the quotes of a Christian leader and NOT the word of God, that’s an issue… If we know more of their quotes MORE than we know actual scripture, that’s an even bigger issue. Yes God uses teachers, leaders, ministers to edify the body of Christ.. But the main substance of your edification SHOULD NOT be their Instagram page, it needs to be the holy spirit, prayer and the word of God. It needs to be you and Him. As much as they may be being used by God, their words are NOT the gospel and neither is their opinion.
Our first question shouldn’t be “what would so and so say or do?!”.. Our first question needs to be “Lord what are YOU saying? What does your WORD say? Lead me to the scripture that you want me to read”
I guess you can say, I “preach” a lot on Social media. I do use it as a platform to speak whatever the Lord lays on my heart but I NEVER ever want people to hold onto MY words more than THE WORD. Yes that minister may have blessed you and helped you in your walk, but they ain’t die for your sins. They are not Jesus and let us not dare worship them as such. They are HUMAN just like you and the same spirit dwelling in and teaching them is the same spirit dwelling in and ready to TEACH you.
“But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true–it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.- 1John 2:27”
…And if you are a leader, please do not let people prop you up on a pedestal and worship you. It is YOUR job to correct them, not feed into it.
I’m reminded of Acts 14, where Paul and Barnabas were together. There was a lame man ( a man who couldn’t walk) whom Paul had directed to “stand up and walk” and he did. The people were amazed and began to worship them, claiming they were gods. They quickly ran into the crowd and yelled (verse 14)’“Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news,telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them
Paul and Barnabas didn’t smile and say “thank you sis” as people claimed that they we’re GOD. They made it CLEAR that only God is to be worshipped and they were ONLY humans who just served God. This needs to be our heart’s posture ALWAYS.. That we are humble servants of the Lord and His spirit in US is what makes us special.
Worshippers By Birth
Idolatry is merely misdirected worship. It’s part of our sinful nature. Since the beginning of time, man has sinned against God by worshipping His creation more than the CREATOR (see Romans 1) We love putting things and people on the throne of our hearts. It’s what we have a tendency towards naturally, so it makes sense that we often find ourselves even idolizing ministers in the church. Submission and respect to leadership is biblical, but 1) leaders are there to help lead you towards Christ and not themselves 2) a leader is your LEADER, not your savior.
No matter how holy spirit filled, sanctified, anointed “they” are, they are only human. Keep your eyes and on the Lord. Study the scriptures for YOURSELF and keep God on the throne of your heart, not “them”. ❤️