I have been taken to three different buffet’s in the past couple months and I am not a buffet eating kind of girl. I have been wondering why, people have felt the need, all the sudden to invite me to Golden Corral, Peach Tree and Cinzette’s, but they have and I am thankful. The thing about a buffet is there is something for everyone and you can eat as much as you want. If you don’t want vegetables, you don’t have to take any, if you just want to eat desert, it is there for the taking in abundance. Buffet’s are there to make everyone happy, at least in the moment, because after your time at the buffet, you will feel the effects for hours on end.
Here is my concern, people have taken the word of God and made it a buffet that makes everyone happy. If you want money, wealth, prosperity, you can find a verse for that. If you want a spouse, there is a verse for that, if you want to hear you are a good person, there is a verse for that. We pick and choose what we want from the word of God and leave the things we don’t want. Preachers have been doing this to people for years and now we have a bunch of spoiled rotten Christians, who think God is for them, no matter what they do, how they act, or what they say.
We make declarations we like, and act as though the verses that speak of judgment, correction, or discipline don’t apply to us. We pick and choose what applies to us. In doing this, we have created a culture of idolatry. We idolize men, marriage, ministry, money and many other things. If you don’t think you have an idol of one of these things, try to quit your job and let God support you financially, obey God over your spouse, or step down from your position in ministry and let someone else run the church.
If you are coming up with every scripture, argument, or reason why this is absurd, you have made an idol of one or a combination of these things. I know you don’t think it is true, but that is because you have convinced yourself that talking faith is the same as walking by faith.
Church, our idols are deafening our ears to hear God, our idols are blinding our eyes to see God, our idols have put us to sleep, in a time when God is calling us to wake up! The alarm is being sounded, the Lord is saying, cast down your idols, repent for the kingdom of heaven is here. We can change His mind about the judgment that is coming, but we have to cast down our idols, or He is going to cast them down for us.
I Samuel 5:1-4 “When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. 2 Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon. 3 And when the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the LORD. So they took Dagon and put him back in his place. 4 But when they rose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the LORD, and the head of Dagon and both his hands were lying cut off on the threshold. Only the trunk of Dagon was left to him.”
Psalm 115:1-8 “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, But to Your name give glory, Because of Your loving kindness, because of Your truth. Why should the nations say, “Where, now, is their God?” But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man’s hands. They have mouths, but they cannot speak; They have eyes, but they cannot see; They have ears, but they cannot hear; They have noses, but they cannot smell; They have hands, but they cannot feel; They have feet, but they cannot walk; They cannot make a sound with their throat.Those who make them will become like them, Everyone who trusts in them.
The Bible is not a buffet, we have to eat everything on our plate, even the things that don’t taste good, but our good for us.