Everybody is always worshiping. Even when we sin we are still worshiping, but it’s called idolatry. Greg Beale’s We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry will prove to be a much needed study to help us see how worship is a life or death issue and that we are constantly being shaped into the image of what we worship. Put this book on your wishlist for the fall 2008. Here’s a short description…
The heart of the biblical understanding of idolatry, argues Gregory Beale, is that we take on the characteristics of what we worship.
Employing Isaiah 6 as his interpretive lens, Beale demonstrates that this understanding of idolatry permeates the whole canon, from Genesis to Revelation. Beale concludes with an application of the biblical notion of idolatry to the challenges of contemporary life.
For now spend some time considering Beale’s source material. The Bible.
The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
they have eyes, but do not see;
They have ears, but do not hear,
nor is there any breath in their mouths.
Those who make them become like them,
so do all who trust in them!