An idol called Oscar

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2,800 years ago, the Prophet Isaiah described the idol worshippers of his day with language that perfectly describes the moral mess of Hollywood. Those in the film industry live and die for a statue, an idol called Oscar. The name on the statue could just as easily be Baal, or Molech. Lives and moral virtue are sacrificed to earn Oscar’s favor. As in the worship of Baal, sex is part of the ritual. A lifetime commitment to marriage is cast aside in the pursuit of fame.

Millions more worship those who worship at Oscar’s feet. Purity and modesty are sacrificed to the idols of status and acceptance. Relationships are sacrificed for personal aspiration. Millions have become intoxicated in the pursuit of lust. Sexual contentment in marriage is seen as a fool’s game.

It is foolishness to live as though God’s word is an irrelevant fairy tale. Pray for those who worship Oscar and all of the little personal oscars of modern life.

Only bowing to Christ will make sense of life. Listen to the voice of one calling in wilderness!

To whom can you compare God?
What image can you find to resemble him?
Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold,
overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains?
Or if people are too poor for that,
they might at least choose wood that won’t decay
and a skilled craftsman
to carve an image that won’t fall down!

Haven’t you heard? Don’t you understand?
Are you deaf to the words of God—
the words he gave before the world began?
Are you so ignorant?

God sits above the circle of the earth.
The people below seem like grasshoppers to him!
He spreads out the heavens like a curtain
and makes his tent from them.
He judges the great people of the world
and brings them all to nothing.
Isaiah 40:18-23

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.