In America, 2016 is an election year for the office of the President of the United States. Just as each election cycle surfaces, so does the 24-hour media coverage. Daily, there are news reports concerning each candidate’s polling numbers in addition to the campaign rhetoric. While America prepares to vote for the next President, the world is also watching to see who will be elected as the next leader of the free world.
In this election, there has been a focus on one particular candidate and his name is ‘Donald Trump.’ Mr. Trump is currently running for the nomination of the Republican party. He has also gained a massive amount of support since he began running for President in 2015.
Donald Trump is known for being one of the wealthiest businessmen in the world, and he is also known for his outrageous statements and the reality show that he starred in called ‘The Apprentice.’ However, what seems to keep many Americans and those in other countries dumbfounded is how it is that someone who is flagrant, uncouth, and an instigator, able to garner so much attention?
Many voters throughout various states have now found themselves supporting Donald Trump despite his inflammatory rhetoric. The question is, how is such a thing possible when such leadership would be bound to fail from the beginning? The answer lies in the word ‘idolatry.’
The Bible is very clear concerning idolatry and the confusion that it brings when individuals are open to a lifestyle that is separate from God. It is the rejection of God and His standards that opens the door to deception and confusion among any group of people. The proof in this is found in the book of Isaiah chapter 44.
In the beginning of this chapter, in verses 1-5, the Lord is speaking and pronouncing His blessings over the people of Israel. God makes it clear in these verses that He has chosen Israel and that He will bring blessings to Israel’s descendants.
(NKJV) “For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring;”
It was God’s promise that the people of Israel would be blessed. In verses 6-8, God makes further proclamations that only He alone is God which means that there is no other God greater than He. So, in the first part of this chapter, we can see that God has chosen Israel and that He alone is worthy of the praise and worship that humanity can give Him.
At the same time, God gives the people of Israel a snapshot into what can happen when He is no longer the focus of worship, but rather when idolatry begins to take place.
(NKJV) “Those who make an image, all of them are useless, And their precious things shall not profit; They are their own witnesses; They neither see nor know, that they may be ashamed.”
First notice, that God declares that the idols that are worshiped are useless in their being. It is a waste of time to worship another god because it profits absolutely nothing. God also says in verse 9, that “they neither see nor know, that they may be ashamed.” This means, that there has been a cloud of delusion placed over anyone who chooses idol worship over God.
(NKJV) “Who would form a god or mold an image that profits him nothing?”
In our world today, we see many examples of idol worship which often times includes self-worship. The question that God asks is, why would someone commit idolatry only to find that it is worthless? The same is happening today. There are so many who chase after fame, money, sex, large homes, and even self-gratification only to find that they are empty on the inside. This is one reason why America and many nations in our world are experiencing a lack of fulfillment and inner turmoil within.
In verses 11-16, God continues by making it known that when idolatry is committed, there is a great deal of work that is spent making and worshiping a false god only to find that it profits nothing. In these verses God gives us the imagery of someone who takes the time to build an idol and in verse 17, this same person begins to worship it.
(NKJV) “And the rest of it he makes into a god, His carved image. He falls down before it and worships it, Prays to it and says,“Deliver me, for you are my god!”
How often do we see idol worship today in the nation that we live in? Many seek the answers to life’s problems from other sources rather than seeking and worshiping God. Even in this election season in America, many are seeking the answers from each politician rather than understanding that it is God’s desire that we seek Him.
In verses 18-20, we can see just what happens when idolatry is allowed to flourish:
(NKJV) “They do not know nor understand; For He has shut their eyes so that they cannot see, And their hearts, so that they cannot understand. And no one considers in his heart, Nor is there knowledge nor understanding to say, “I have burned half of it in the fire, Yes, I have also baked bread on its coals; I have roasted meat and eaten it; And shall I make the rest of it an abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?” He feeds on ashes; A deceived heart has turned him aside; And he cannot deliver his soul, Nor say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”
Notice that in verse 18, God says that they who are worshiping idols do not understand. God says that He has shut their eyes so they cannot see and their hearts so they cannot understand. A major reason why we see many accepting what would normally be considered foolish is because God has blinded the eyes of those who have rejected Him. He has also allowed their hearts to be darkened so that they can no longer understand that what they are doing is foolish.
In verse 19, God says that those who worship idols no longer have the understanding to realize that what they have created is worthless but yet they continue to worship only to find that they are consuming the empty works of their own hands. Finally, in verse 20, God says that it is the heart that is deceived that is turned aside. As a result, anyone who is deceived is unable to save their own soul.
This is why we see confusion running rampant in our world. What seems like it would not make sense logically, many now seem to approve of what was once deemed unacceptable. It is because of idolatry and the sinfulness of humanity that we see a massive delusion that has taken place. However, there is a remedy for this.
Jesus Christ was born to die on the cross for the sins of the world. As long as God is rejected in the heart of man, then confusion and deception lead to a life that is spent living in sin. However, Christ died and was resurrected so that you and I may have life and life more abundantly. The blood of Jesus breaks the power that sin has over humanity but it is a conscious decision to accept this gift of life.
Will you accept Jesus’ sacrifice and make Him your Lord and savior? Until you do, you will find that your life will be empty and lacking meaning. God desires that you have life abundantly and it can only be done through Christ. Accept the gift that God has given by giving your life to Jesus in repentance and acceptance of His sacrifice on the cross.