Wednesday, August 12, 2015

From Psalm 97:7

All worshipers of images are put to shame,
          those who make their boast in worthless idols;
          all gods bow down before him.

I do a class where we talk about corporate image, and towards the class we talk about self image. I ask the students how they see themselves, and how others see them. I think there's some image worshiping going on there. 

This verse is not just about ancient gods, long past from the scene. Nor is it just the thing that gave rise to the iconoclasm of the Byzantine era, or the iconoclasm of the Protestant Reformation -- Yes! Some of the newly-minted Protestants went a little over-board. And there is iconoclasm even today in the desecration of sacred sites by Muslim extremists. But, I think these little icons of ourselves may be the most dangerous of all.

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