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Wisdom 14:27 The worship of idols not to be named is the beginning and cause and end of every evil.
An idol is anything that consumes our time, energy, and devotion, usurping the place of God in our lives. The Seven Deadly Sins of medieval moral theology are all popular idols now called by other names.
Self-help books promote pride by telling us how great we are. Advertisers use lust to sell everything from cars to toothpaste to cookware. Sugar, salt, and fat are added to our foods to make us eat so much that our health is compromised, but it’s not called gluttony. We justify our anger by blaming other people or the government because we’re not happy. Millions sit listlessly in front of their televisions, but they don’t call it sloth. Avarice and envy form the foundation of an economic system in which some people accumulate things they don’t need while others lack basic necessities.
Name your idols.