One of our problems in identifying the gods that hide under the surface of our lives is that their identities are things that often aren’t even wrong. Is God against pleasure? I hope not! Sex? Money? Power?

These things are not immoral, but amoral; that is, they are morally neutral until they are not. You could be serving something that is in itself very commendable. It could be family or career. It could be a worthy cause. You could even be feeding the hungry and healing the sick. All of those are good things.

The problem is that the instant something takes the place of God, the moment it becomes an end in itself, rather than something to lay at God’s throne, it becomes an idol. To identify the idols in your life, look at what you pursue. Or look at what you create. We replace God by creating our own statues. Then, addiction is what an idol thrives upon.

An addiction is a self-inflicted enslavement to an idol.

A promotion to the corner office.
A team that wins the championship.
A toned body or a skinny one.
Food.
Children.
Sex.

Idolatry is always the tree from which our sins and struggles grow. It’s the trunk of every tree, and every other problem is just branches.

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