Error does not become Truth because it is widely accepted;
Truth does not become error, even when it stands alone!
Ah yes. The famous quote “Everybody is doing it”.
It is almost comical how we as human beings are constantly trying to justify our sin by measuring ourselves against other human beings who also have the disease of sin. It’s like a leper saying to another leper, “There is nothing wrong with me, for I look just like you”. The scripture makes it clear that is a dangerous thing to measure ourselves by ourselves or to make another human being the standard by which we measure our morality, ethics, and character. When the believer removes the constant reading and meditating of the scripture from his life, he immediately becomes a law unto himself. He replaces God’s Law with cultural and societal law. We become as holy or unholy as those with whom we are acquainted.
-A Distorted Image of the Lord-
In the book of Exodus we see God calling Moses to come up to the top of Mt. Sinai to meet with him. Yet, the rest of the Israelites stayed at the bottom of the mountain and over time, without Moses as their guide, the people went astray. The scripture says, “When Moses failed to come back down the mountain right away, the people went to Aaron.”Look,” they said, “make us some gods who can lead us. This man Moses, who brought us here from Egypt, has disappeared. We don’t know what has happened to him.” So Aaron said, “Tell your wives and sons and daughters to take off their gold earrings, and then bring them to me.”
Exodus 32:1-2 NLT
So Aaron built the golden calf. “When Aaron saw how excited the people were about it, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, Tomorrow there will be a festival to the LORD!”
Ex 32:5 NLT
Notice Aaron called the golden calf LORD. So basically what Aaron and the children of Israel did was mold a calf, point at it and say, “Behold Yahweh, the one true GOD”. Notice they didn’t say, “Behold Baal, the one true God.” They called this calf GOD. So here is what happened: they were not blatantly denying God, rather they reduced His glory to the level of the image of this formed calf. They were deceived in their knowledge of Him. And you will notice today that people will acknowledge God and call on Him and worship Him but they gravitate towards fleshly appetites. They profess knowing Him, call on His Name, and believe He approves of their behavior. They fashion a god to fit their desires and lifestyles and call that god, GOD.
This truth is evident; idols in our lives will always take the place that God deserves. Idols serve as your source of happiness, comfort, peace, even your religion.
“You shall not make idols for yourselves”. Lev 26:1 NLT
Be careful who you spend your time with, be careful what you meditate on, and be careful to stay connected to GOD’S WORD.