In Psalm 135, after David describes the great exploits of the God of Israel, he contrasts the idols of the surrounding nations who have “mouths but cannot speak, eyes but cannot see, ears but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths.” In other words, while God is very much alive, the other gods are very much not alive. Then David adds, “Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.” Did you catch that? Humans become what they worship.
My guest this weekend on BreakPoint this Week was Skye Jethani, author of the book The Divine Commodity. According to Jethani, we worship at the altar of stuff—we think we are what we buy. That’s never more obvious than this time of year: trampling each other on Black Friday and the season of Advent replaced by the season of sales.
Skye gave great advice on how to rise above consumerism this Christmas. I hope you will listen. Just come to breakpoint.org and click on the “this week” tab. I’m John Stonestreet.