"You shall have no other gods before Me."
-- Deuteronomy 5:7 (NKJV)
"You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you..."
-- Deuteronomy 6:14 (NKJV)
There can be a rather embarrassing moment when in a time of crisis a nation of people calls on God for help (you know like a few years ago when in Operation Desert Storm, someone got the idea that we ought to pray and ask God for help -- all over the land this happened, and the mighty Supreme Court had no objections to this -- my, my!!!!) and then God makes this quite shocking response such as seen in Jeremiah 2:26-29:
"As the thief is ashamed when he is found out, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they and their kings and their princes, and their priests and their prophets, Saying to a tree, 'You are my father,' and to a stone, 'You gave birth to me.' For they have turned their back to Me, and not their face. But in the time of their trouble they will say, 'Arise and save us.' But where are your gods that you have made for yourselves? Let them arise, if they can save you in the time of your trouble; for according to the number of your cities are your gods, O Judah. "Why will you plead with Me? You all have transgressed against Me," says the LORD."
Two things to note: First, notice that the political and religious "establishments" paved the way for that sorry state of affairs in which God was nothing more than an emergency fire alarm in a moment in which they found themselves in a real crisis!
Second, in what form do the gods of the U.S.A. exist -- no, we don't have little graven images all over the place, but they're around -- let's off a few, ok?
There is that violent one named "Convenience" -- this god demands bloody sacrifices on a daily basis!! There are "altars" all over the place -- at abortion clinics and in some hospitals -- well, you know -- tables with stirrups on them! And as mentioned at Circuit Rider's Closet, this is the ancient Canaanite god of Molech resurrected with a new ID and worshipped a bit differently, tearing the unborn to pieces in the womb and all that real pleasant stuff you like to think about as you look at a small infant that managed to avoid that kind of fate! At least 38 million or more unborn have been sacrificed and the blood continues to flow -- don't be surprised if God suddenly steps in and says, "This has gone far enough...!" And what do suppose is going to happen? You might review the last stages of the history of the ancient kingdom of Judah in 2 Chronicles to see how God deals with a people who persist in "shedding innocent blood" -- ah, this phrase has a way of popping up repeatedly in the Old Testament! To explore this subject further go to United States Holocaust Gallery Use the reverse feature on your web browser to return here after your tour at that location.
There is the god named Money which has multitudes of all ages firmly in its grasp! And guess where Almighty God may start when He feels this god has gone far enough -- why, where else but the stock market -- one stab from God's "pin of judgment" and the bubble of so-called American prosperity will shatter -- it's not a matter of whether it will happen, but just how soon?????
As we continue to view prominent gods of American society we must not forget the very powerful god of Pleasure! Millions worship at the altar of this one, especially on week ends!! This god gets many, many more worshippers on Sunday than the living God Who created this mighty universe!!
Now wouldn't you know that this false god thing works a bit like family -- there are relatives -- the god of Pleasure has a brother that competes vigorously -- its name is Pro Sports -- this one can succeed in getting people by the tens of thousands to yell their lungs out in a stadium in sub freezing temperatures, but they can't seem to make it to a place of worship on a snowy Sunday morning to open their mouth and give praise and thanks to Almighty God Who gives us life!!
Well, well -- the "Pleasure" god family connection really branches out -- there is a cousin -- the "TV" god! This one really does a number on people of all ages -- he or she (not sure of the gender on this one!) can get people to sit for hours and passively drink in all that stuff it spews out -- eventually one's conscience and moral sensitivities become dulled -- our Judeo-Christian value system becomes undermined and we are ushered into a zombie-like state with no real sense of right and wrong, adopting the media culture's value system wherein everything is a dull gray, with the president of the United States leading the way like a modern Pied Piper! While many lament the violent acts often committed by our young, remember that they have been conditioned and "programmed" to express themselves violently, profanely, selfishly, and immorally! The "TV" god has made a significant contribution in lowering our society to a Sodom & Gomorrah level of life :-(
Oh, no! The "TV" god has produced an offspring and a very popular one at that! It's the "TV Talk Show Host/Hostess" god/goddess -- a strange hybrid genetically speaking! Human debris of every twisted type is paraded before the yakking host/hostess with millions of devotees watching and feasting on every word and action! Mesmerized as cobras before the charmer, the devotees of this hybrid deity get very upset if one suggests that this stuff makes those temporary outdoor privys smell like roses by way of comparison with the major difference being that the privys do provide a beneficial service for their patrons!
"Hello again! In case you have forgotten, my name is Alvin and I am still exploring the Range. I guess I'm not the only "alien" around am I? But let me assure you quickly my earthling friend that I will not harm you nor is it my intent to destroy you as these other aliens will do which are described here. Because of my mental powers and range of discernment I was aware of these "gods" the moment I disembarked from my vehicle after touching down on your planet. I am dismayed that even among those of your people who claim to be so "spiritual" that there is failure to sense how these alien gods have invaded and taken control of millions of your citizens! Well, I must move on and see the other group. What a sorry spectacle this is!"
Wait! Take Me Back to Entrance of Pantheon One
I've got to see these 'gods' one more time before I see some of the next batch!
Copyright 1998 - 2005 Clayton D. Harriger