This Bigger Pandemic Sweeping the World is Bigger than Corona... And You May Not Even be Aware!
With all this talk about Corona Virus and the various variants of the pandemic, we are missing a much larger pandemic sweeping our world that has graver consequences. And you may not even be aware of its existence!
This pandemic is as old as the ages, and runs rampant in society. It has caused the greatest of nations to fall and led billions astray for centuries.
It has devoured the hearts of mankind and consumed the egos of power-hungry leaders, celebrities, government officials, neighbors, and even friends and family members.
What is it that I speak of? It's called Idolatry. What exactly is idolatry?
By definition, idolatry is the "religious worship of idols," or "excessive or blind adoration, reverence, devotion, etc." and includes such synonyms as "obsession, madness, mania" (Random House Unabridged Dictionary).
A well known example of idolatry is found in the Bible when Moses led the children of Israel through the wilderness, and they grew impatient waiting on him, as he ascended up Mount Sanai to meet with God. The Israelites built for themselves a golden calf to worship. Meantime, Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments, where God addressed idolatry in the very first and second commandments, which state:
"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. 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; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments." - Exodus 20:2-6 NKJV
While the majority of us may not bow down to statues and images of false idols (albeit many religions, today, certainly do still worship false gods), idolatry can also be metaphoric or figurative. For example, the obsessive pursuit of fame, money, material things, power, or position is a metaphoric form of idolatry. Figuratively, the extreme admiration, devotion, or attraction to something or someone, such as a celebrity whom you "idolize, is equally as dangerous.
It is one thing to admire someone or something. It's another to become so obsessed with that figure we lose all common sense in our judgment.
The pandemic sweeping across the world right now is blatantly obvious. And, unfortunately, it involves the shameless mishandling of the COVID vaccine. As government officials have pounded the demand for mask and vaccine mandates, it has led to tyranny, a false sense of security, fear among the citizens, and ultimately idolizing "the shot" as the savior of humanity against the potentially lethal virus.
To give you a little background, I was hospitalized with COVID-19 in August 2020 for six days. It was the worst experience I have been through health-wise. Granted, I'm in my early fifties and have some minor health challenges, but overall in pretty good shape. Nonetheless, this virus attacked me full-force to the point the doctor's first words to me, when I arrived at the hospital by ambulance, were, "It is a good thing you came in. If you do exactly what we tell you to do, you'll get through this and be okay. But, if you don't, you'll likely end up on a ventilator, and I'm not sure I can save you."