Part of me appreciates the peoples’ honesty.
“When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, “the people gathered around Aaron and said to him, ‘Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses…we do not know what has become of him.’” Moses had been gone a while, so they turned to his number two man: Aaron, make gods for us, we’ll worship something else.
At least the Israelites name it. Too often, we don’t.
We don’t say, “I’m going to quit the church and start worshipping my porch and the New York Times, the entire glorious paper, ALL morning. I want to do something on Sundays that is a little more relaxing and doesn’t ask me to do anything.”
We certainly don’t say, “I go to church, but my life demonstrates I worship other things, the things we have, our great educations, stellar resumes.”
We are caught. We want to – I do, I am sure you do – we are here because we find something compelling about Jesus and we want to follow him. But we get stuck. We get overwhelmed. We lose our nerve, and the world comes creeping in…