We’re all acquainted to some extent with the polytheism of the Greeks. Bowing to their Gods of beauty, war, fertility, etc. We laugh and call it fiction. But the history of art and ancient mysticism speak a certain truth. They say to me. “My friend, are you not Greek?” They laugh back.
I am not Greek by birth, but in the sense of being polytheistic, I am by heritage. I have inherited in my person a love of many gods. And so have you. Our hearts – our inner men – are an intertwining our affections, will, and mind. They were made to worship. What my affections love, what my will chooses, and what my mind thinks on the most….what they treasure, what they find satisfaction in, these they worship. To worship is to serve, to praise, to value, to choose over anything else. What do you serve? What do you praise? What do you value? What do you choose? Answers these questions and you answer the great question – what do you worship? What is your god?
Look around the Christian church and you find people paying homage to money, beauty, legalism, psychiatry, freedom, love…the list goes on. All the while, we Christians profess to worship God, and do worship Him — just not Him alone. Once upon a time, the bad word of the Jewish culture was “syncretism.” Syncretism is the worship of the Lord mixed with the worship of other gods — christianized polytheism, if you will.
Syncretism, Christian polytheism, polytheism itself… These are results our sin nature. They are our inheritance of the flesh. They are the reason that Christ had to die to set us free. And He did die. And He did set us free, but we have to choose Him and the freedom from sin that He provides. If we confess our sins and accept His salvation we are saved once and for all. But serving Him alone is a moment by moment choice that we must make. True worship of the one true God, our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus is to love Him with ALL our heart, mind, soul, and strength. This is the choice we must make.
“Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped…but if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” — Joshua 24:14-15