“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;”Exodus 20:5
I grew up in a home that went to church every-time the doors were open, and I missed out on a lot of Super Bowls and Suns game or so I thought. We went to service on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Sunday nights. I would always hope my parents would not wake up on Sunday morning, but my dad would sometimes get up early and make waffles. The church would open early on Saturday morning for prayer, and we would have revival services with some of the top independent pastors of the time. I heard Jack Hyles, Ron Hamilton and Wally Bebe. There were no restrictions on the amount of services the church could hold, so we held church services quite often. I went to the Christian school of the church and we had chapel twice a week, and were exposed to some good preaching of God’s Word.
The church doors have always remained open except for the brief time when SARS hit and the doors were temporarily shut. We have always seen religious freedom in our country but it appears that is changing in a country next to us as we have seen a pastor go to jail for having services and even a fence put around his building. I believe America is not too far behind this, and the day will come when we will have to take a stand for what we believe. The day may come to America as it has already come in other areas of the world where Christians are being asked to bow down to other gods and asked to serve them. We may be forced to make a decision about who we will bow down and who we will serve, and we must not fear what men may do, but we must obey God’s command as noted here in the Ten Commandments.
Although laws and sanctions may be imposed upon us, we must always be obedient to the One who promised to never leave us or forsake us. The sad part of bowing down and serving other gods is that we sometimes do this willingly and knowingly. We bow down to the god of fear, the good of finance, the god of lust, and anything else in our life that takes the place of God. Our worship to these gods may seem subtle at times, but it becomes evident by our actions in who we serve and who we bow down to. We seem to get our wisdom and knowledge from the news, or social media, and we ignore the truth of God’s Word. We are up to date on all the current events but we know little about, “Thus saith the Lord.” We fear as though we have no God, and we worry as if there is no hope. We spend more time with our gods than we do with the true God, and we willfully surrender our “religious freedom.” We complain about our “rights” being taken away even though we gladly surrender them to the gods of our choice. The doors of the church are still open but we go when we feel like it, and we sometimes only go at Christmas and Easter.
Have you put other gods in your life? Are you serving anything other than the true God? Do you realize that God is a jealous God? Do you realize He does not take us serving other gods lightly and there will be punishment that will extend to our grandkids and great grandkids. Is it worth it serve the gods of this world? What legacy are you leaving behind? What will others say about you when you leave this world? More important than what others say or think, what will God say about who you serve? May we be like Joshua when he said in Joshua 24:15, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Whom will you serve today?