1. Application

Our idolatries

Judges 2:11–22 (ESV)

11 And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals.

The Israelites failed to take all of Canaan, because they failed to honour God as exclusive Lord of their lives. How can we today know whether we are honouring Christ as Lord over all parts of our lives? In the first place, we need to discern what are the false gods in our society. For Christians in the west, a statue which promises us fertility is unlikely to attract us. But if a believer lives in a city where commerce is not just a practice but a functional god—providing people with identity and security—the danger is that the Christian maintains his or her doctrinal beliefs and ethical practices, but divides heart worship between the Lord and money/career. In the second place, we need to look honestly at each area of our lives—our families, our careers, our possessions, our ambitions, our time, and so on—and ask whether we are willing to do whatever God says about such areas. Any time we answer in the negative, we can see where we have opened up our lives and hearts to an alternative god.1