“You shall have no other God’s before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol...” It has been said that anything which becomes an object of adoration and devotion in place of the Lord God Almighty or even in competition with Him is considered to be idolatry. Yaweh is very clear about such practices. In Ezekiel 6:3-5, the Lord warns, “I Myself am going to bring a sword on you, and I will destroy your high places... and I shall make your slain bodies fall in front of your idols.....I shall lay the dead bodies of the sons of Israel in front of their idols...” Pretty serious language from the Lord who will not stand for idolatry. John concludes his first epistle thusly, “Little children (church), guard yourselves from idols”. We were at one time all practitioners of idolatry. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Thessalonians, “You have turned from idols to serve the living and true God” If we are not careful and purposeful in ‘serving’ the true God and Him only, we tread dangerously close to the abominable practice of Idolatry, that is, loving and adoring anything other than the creator of all, Yaweh. The forces of evil distract our attention from worshipping the one, true God by raising idols such as the entertainment idol, the sports idol, the politics idol and the news/information idol. Another potential devious graven image of today is cloaked in red, white and blue. As saints saved by the blood of Christ, we worship the true and living God remembering that he added us to His Kingdom, the Church of Jesus which He built upon the rock solid fact the He is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God. He did not build America, nor any other nation. His Kingdom is everlasting and not even of this world. God may bless any nation He chooses when it conforms to His word, but we are foremost citizens of the Kingdom of God. As Americans we can choose to love our country and the freedom we enjoy, we can choose to defend this republic so others will have the same liberties. In fact, I am proud to be an American. I love what the flag represents, but it must never become an object of adoration lifted before the face of God. We will speak the Gospel message, the good news about Jesus the Christ and worship Him, alone, in spirit and truth.