Idolatry. Sounds like such an outdated word. I mean, most of us don’t have little statues of gods we bow down to. Our society has banished most of those in favor for idols that don’t have bodies. Greed. Lust. Pleasure. Fear. Pride. And most would say on some moral basis these are bad and should be held in check. But oftentimes they are celebrated and embraced in the subtle lies we tell ourselves and others. One of the biggest lie we women tell ourselves is forever displayed in a movie scene many will know. It’s the one all the women sigh at and then glare at their spouse/boyfriend and scream in the back of their head Why don’t you tell me that?
Jerry McGuire. You complete me.
Movie writers are fantastic at pulling our heart-strings and revealing idols for us. And women fall for it every time. We long for a man to tell us things like that. To save us. To woo us. To treat us like the princess in every Disney movie told. And with this unrealistic, unbiblical and sinful expectation, is it any wonder why women drive away their husbands? No man can live up to that expectation. Because it’s an idol.
We have a Lover. We have a Knight in shining armor to rescue us. We have Someone who was willing to die for us. And He whispers hundreds of promises to us: I will never leave you. I love you. You are Mine. When we try to put our spouses in that place where Jesus is, to expect of them and demand of them something they cannot do, we are bowing to an idol. And deep down, both you and your spouse know it can’t work; you slowly tear one another apart. Nothing can be a substitute for Jesus.
Immorality springs from an idolatrous heart … it is the heart seeking satisfaction in places other than in Christ. It is the subtle exchanging of One for another, the exchange of God for something less … far less.
Wagner, Kimberly (2012-08-24). Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior (p. 78). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.