Today’s reading: Exodus 20: 1-17
“You shall have no other gods before me.” – Exodus 20:3
The newspaper headline read, “Parents say sacrifices worth it for children’s athletic careers.” Some parents have a new god, children’s sports. Some give up hosting relatives; one spent $100,000 all for athletic success. The creed of this new religion is, “You have kids so you can support them through these years.”
What are we to do with all these people who are worshipping at the altar of a new god and trumpeting the theology of a new religion?
First, realize “there is nothing new under the sun.” People have been taking good things, like their children’s athletics, and making them the priority in life since the Garden.
Secondly, realize this is precisely what the first commandment is a talking about: taking something God created, something good, and making it number one.
Thirdly, apply the First Commandment to yourself. What are the good things in your life that have become number one and are now false gods? We are called to repent of worshiping false gods.
Finally, remember that God loved his children so much he gave His Son Jesus that we might be forgiven for taking what is good and making it god. The only true God has had mercy on us His children. Now that’s real parental love.
Prayer: I am alone your God, the Lord: No other gods shall be adored. But you shall fully trust in Me and love Me whole heartedly. Have mercy, Lord! (These Are the Holy Ten Commands, LSB 581:2).
This devotion was written by Rev. Steven Rempfer, pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Newhall, IA.