Instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people. (Romans 1:23 )
“God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves,” says the apostle Paul. “For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts …. They can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God” (Romans 1:18-20 ).
In spite of the evidence and the fact that creation screams out the truth of God’s existence, that the Scriptures have proven their own authenticity, that the fulfilled prophecies easily bear out the accuracy of God’s Word, there are still people who choose not to acknowledge or obey God. In spite of his warnings to those who would deny him, people still turn their hearts away in defiance.
Sometimes it seems that people will do almost anything to keep from acknowledging Jesus as their Savior. Even when faced with undeniable evidence, they refuse to believe. “They knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks,” continues Paul. “And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like …. Claiming to be wise, they became utter fools instead. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people, or birds and animals and snakes” (Romans 1:21-23 ).
Just this morning I read of a church in Denver made up of die-hard Elvis Presley fans. They don’t just listen to his music—they actually worship him. The congregation is called the Church of the Risen Elvis, and they hold regular meetings, where they sing songs of worship, raise their hands and chant his name, even pray to him for guidance and protection. They revere the king of rock and roll as their god, and are convinced that the spirit of Elvis watches over them.
I admit that I like “The King’s” music, but I certainly wouldn’t put my faith in him. I trust instead in the One who created us all—the one true God, who has made himself known to every person on earth.
Have you put your faith in God for your salvation? In what ways have you denied him and put your trust in lifeless idols?
“As a brilliant and reasonable man, you will not be able to refute the evidence I have for Jesus as Messiah.” (Apollyon, 90)