There she sits just beyond arms reach from my head board. My Dollar Tree girl. The one I wrote about yesterday. I have a question I want to discuss today. When does an “image” become an “idol?”
Second Commandment is quite clear: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” Is there any danger of me going too far with my little doll?
I have written before about my husband’s family living in London during the bombings in WW2. We have very few pictures from his early life. I have been told that the family destroyed their pictures because Papa Hayes was a preacher who decided having the pictures broke the Second Commandment. I don’t know but I imagine they (the pictures) were just not so important when the bombs shook the place, for them to think about grabbing pictures!
This story I believe describes the difference between an image and an idol. Although “Doll” is a help for me in organizing my thoughts for prayer, I would not choose to rescue her if my house were burning!
I’m more disturbed about my feeling about the head statue in the following picture.
My son made the figure in Bible school many years ago. I started to give it to a church charity garage sale, but I decided not to. I seem to be “tied up” in it. Why? The hand of God with they child leaning on it ? I could give it away without feeling like I were rejecting Jesus. But the Jesus figure? The same with me about Jesus pictures. I love pictures of Jesus doing something like walking the sea, stilling the waves, feeding the five thousand, but I am not comfortable with just the face of Jesus.
Seriously I am still a long way from throwing my rings into the fireplace and worshiping any golden calf that comes out!
I hope some of you will leave me some comments about whether you have any spiritual hang-ups with this kind of stuff. I know our battles tend to lean toward giving our time to issues that do not honor God. If you give me some feedback, I might throw something together about that!