Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ideas As Idols

"[In] the Sermon on the Mount...Jesus is teaching us not only to focus but also to actively cast aside the things that stand between God and ourselves. And what are they really? Mostly they are ideas, and our ideas are full of I. Ideas are what first pull our attention away from God and from the wonder of knowing him. And then, because they are our ideas (or so we come to believe they are), we engage with them passionately, forming them into idols, like golden calves.

Just as we must get rid of our distractions in prayer, we must dissolve the ideas that have become idols before we can approach the altar of God..."

     - Elizabeth Scalia in  Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life., pages 29-30