...or our heart is a factory of idols.
Two hot things to say in my circles these days are:
- People trust in the idols of sex, money and power and they fail to deliver.
- Too many 'Christians' preach an ugly, tyrannical god
I agree with both statements, but I'm afraid I have to admit that to a large degree I still trust and promote both the first and second set of idols.
We are not in the habit of disbelieving monster gods, we're in the habit of making them!
And that applies to non-Christians as well. My non-Christian friends and family do not disbelieve in the God of Jesus Christ because they perceive him to be a distant bully, whatever they may say. And the reason I don't believe them when they tell me that is because the gods they do believe in are just as monstrous as anything I have heard preached by someone who calls them Christian. Their gods are killing them and giving them nothing in return - but they love them anyway.
Only God by his Spirit and through his Word, which kills the old heart and creates a new one ex nihilo, will we see change in the God we love so that we love beauty.