Idolatry Alive and Well?

Carol Moerman

READ : Ezekiel 14:1-11

Repent and turn away from your idols. (v. 6 NIV)

With the fall of communism, a great migration took place. Those held captive by their
own governments rushed to freedom in Western Europe and eager missionaries took advantage
of the new opportunity. These were exhilarating days for courageous believers who had
suffered so much, both those who had remained faithful in spite of persecution, and those
who had worked tirelessly from the outside to help keep a faithful witness alive in the
underground church.

Yet the opportunities brought about by communism’s demise have been mixed. As Eastern
European nations lined up to join the EU, anticipating economic growth and prosperity,
they have experienced mixed results at best. A Czech reformer reflected on their
“victory”: “The Czechs have become a nation of little white mice, jostling for money and
biting each other. Nobody sane could want to go back to the communist days. Yet what
freedom have we really gained?”

Capitalism has fed materialism. Huge gaps have appeared between rich and poor; a new
super-rich class on the one hand, near-destitution for retirees and the unemployed on the
other. Social services have withered. Into this spiritual destitution God speaks: “Turn
from your idols and renounce your detestable practices! Then [you] will be my people and I
will be [your] God.” Jesus promises that if the Son makes you free, you will be truly


Father, help us renounce the idols of materialism and worldly success.