The Church and Idols

Our God is in heaven;
    he does whatever pleases him
But their idols are silver and gold,
     made by human hands.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
     eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear
     noses, but cannot smell
They have hands, but cannot feel,
     feet, but cannot walk
     nor can they utter a sound with their
         throats.
Those who make them will be like them,
     and so will all who trust in them

 – Psalm 115:3-8

While in an interview today, I came to the realization that many people have made Christian icons into Idols of worship. 

Take a look around and see how many statues of the Virgin Mary or any number of various Saints litter the landscapes.  We have a Patron Saint for almost everything.  I won’t lie, my Patron Saint is St. George (the slayer of the dragon).  I wear a medallion with his image engraved on it around my neck.

To often I hear of people and see people turning to the Saints for help, rather than turning to God.  What makes it okay for a Christian to turn to a mere human rather than God?  What makes the Saints any different than pagan idols?  Can these people, who lived so long ago, actually  hear us and listen in on our prayers?  Is praying to a name any different than praying to a molded lump of gold or silver? 

Saints have become Idols.

I keep my Patron Saint, St. George, the Patron of Armor and England, not because I pray to him for protection.  If I need protection, I turn and pray to someone much more powerful than him, I turn to God.  I keep St. George as a Patron Saint because his life is an example to live by. 

He was an extraordinary man who, when put face to face with death, stood firm in his Faith.  In legends, he slays the dragon, freeing a kingdom, but in reality, he was a Roman soldier in Britaina who refused to renounce his faith in Christ, and was killed with his own sword. 

He is an example to live by.  Just like all the Saints.  The Martyrs.  The Persecuted.  The Condemned. 

The only difference between us and them, is they trusted God fully, where we falter and turn back to what the world has to offer. 

We have made these Saints Idols by  trusting in them more than we trust in God. 

Just some thoughts…

God Bless and PEACE

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