This is the continuation of a series of devotions inspired by Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book, Creation and Fall. Why? Because what better place to begin than with creation itself. As they say, let’s make first things first. No need to read the book to understand though you’re welcome to order a copy.
One of the common sins we see in our world is worship of creation rather than Creator. It’s something that we can distance ourselves from if we like. Thousands of years ago they worshipped the sun, the crops, bulls or other creatures, even other humans. Today we’re rather distant from those concepts in our scientific world. And yet as the picture below points out, sometimes our idols aren’t all that much different. We worship money and the pursuit of money instead Dagon, a god meant to bring prosperity. We worship enticing images instead of Asherah poles focused on fertility. We worship our tvs and phones, sources of entertainment rather than Marqod, the god of dance.
Now don’t get me wrong, creation and created things are good. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light….”God creates for a reason and he doesn’t want us to think of created things as evil, as lesser, or inferior to “spiritual things”. Instead, he wants us to see created things as gifts from the One True God, and turn to the Creator of all things and give our worship to him. Take a moment to look at the things in your life, examine your attachments to them, and put them in the right order. God has created all and all the worship returns to him.
Rev. Dan Borkenhagen