noun \ˈgäd also ˈgȯd\
1 capitalized : the supreme or ultimate reality: as
a : the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe
b Christian Science : the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind
2: a being or object believed to have more than natural attributes and powers and to require human worship; specifically : one controlling a particular aspect or part of reality
3: a person or thing of supreme value
4: a powerful ruler
Who are your gods? Can you name them?
In the Christian tradition, there is one true God whose name was revealed to Moses as YHWH and was personally revealed in the person and work of Jesus the Messiah. However, the religious marketplace of the Ancient Near East was vibrant, as Baal, Zeus, Aphrodite, and many others vied for attention. And the Bible captures this quite well, as the stories recount the clash of cults between YHWH and other gods (Elijah and the prophets of Baal is probably the most memorable).
If I can be so bold to say: in American society, work is a god. Busy-ness is a god. Beauty and prestige are gods.
Throughout the annals of history, the gods of this world competed for our attention with a refrain of constant noise. In the ancient world, Israel’s God—YHWH—claimed to be the only God among the other false gods. There simply was no other.
Today, there aren’t too many idols on desks at work. Instead, we have idols of a busy calendar, bigger paycheck, better looks, more sex, and a better society. Productivity, paychecks, taking care of ourselves, and building a more just society are all good things; however, they became nefarious when they become the only thing. When they become the highest thing and our lives gravitate around the position.
As I close out this musing for the day, I want to ask you to consider whether a god competes for your attention. What vies or your focus? Busy-ness? Fame? Wealth? You?
What god clamors for your worship?