It’s easy for us to simply assume that idolatry was just an Old Testament issue. Moreover, it’s easy to assume that turning from idolatry to the living and transcendent God is just one time move. It’s sometimes difficult to see how the image of someone bowing before a fancy statue or dancing around a totem pole could possibly be relevant to my life and in my culture.
Perhaps, like me, you’ve wondered why idolatry was ever alluring to the people of Israel to begin with. Perhaps you continue to wonder if idolatry really is something that we have to battle against today.