Driscoll on ABC News Nightline

8 Oct

Mark Driscoll was on ABC Nightline this week in which he had a chance to describe modern-day idolatry.  You can see the video here.

It was a good interview in that it pretty much laid out the problem of idolatry.  I only wish they gave him a chance to talk about the solution to the problem, namely Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:25 clearly defines idolatry as “exchang[ing] the truth about God for a lie and worship[ping] and serv[ing] the creature rather than the Creator.”  Or in other words, taking a good thing that God has given as gifts (e.g. food, relationships, the ability to exercise, reputation, etc.) and elevating these things to the position of a god thing, where we look to these things to find our ultimate identity, comfort, and salvation from whatever hell that we find ourselves  in.  Whenever we make good things into god things, they invariably become bad things.

However, in Christ, we find full acceptance.  As sinful as we may be and as often as we may whore ourselves to these false gods (read Judges 2, 3), thereby fully deserving God’s wrath on us (Ephesians 2:3), Christ still took upon Himself our sin and, in return, gave us His perfection (2 Corinthians 5:21).  This is where we are to find our true salvation, our true identity, and our true comfort.

Our only hope is that as we dwell on that good news everyday, our affections for these false gods will be displaced with a stronger affection, namely an affection for Christ and what He has done.

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One Response to “Driscoll on ABC News Nightline”

  1. Mike October 8, 2009 at 3:03 PM #

    John i went in and made some adjustments, made the text a lil bigger, took out the horribly hard to read italics, and FYI im not sure if you didnt see the “show and hide the kitchen sink” button, but that shows the media button where you can post the actual video. I did that for you on the “Dirty Roman Sponge” post. I think thats it for me. Let me know if you need any adjustments.

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