Posted by: Philip Rushton | February 16, 2011

Course Preview: Counterfeit God’s

For the next 10 weeks I will be leading a study based on Tim Keller’s book Counterfeit God’s. In this book Keller explores one of the most prominent themes in scripture – idolatry. Keller wrote this book in response to the economic meltdown of 2008. He suggests that we have a great spiritual opportunity to come closer to God in light of our current economic situation. In the old mythical stories there was always a turning point where the person who was under the evil sorcerers spell saw the evil for what it really was. There was a moment of “disenchantment.” Keller suggests that we are experiencing a disenchantment as a culture right now as the counterfeit God’s of money, power and success have come crashing down on us.

Keller invites us to replace these counterfeit god’s in our life with the true God that gives us a lasting hope. Idolatry is such an important issue to address because God realizes that idols ultimately let us down. Alexis de Tocqueville came to America in 1830 from France. He observed that in America there is a “strange melancholy that haunts the inhabitants in the midst of abundance.” Tocqueville said that this “strange melancholy” is rooted in the fact that we turn to “the incomplete joys of this world” which “will never satisfy the human heart.”

Keller emphasizes that idols are not necessarily made out of bad things. They are usually good things that are given the status only reserved for God. Our careers, our finances, and our relationships can be positive things but we need to make sure that they do not become ultimate things – things that we turn to for our ultimate joy and hope. This course will help us understand how order the things in our life properly. Each week we will be looking at a story of scripture that highlights a major idol that people wrestle with and we will look at how to understand how to place the appropriate significance on these things. This has been one of the most important and liberating books I have read in the last couple of years!

Come join us tonight at 6:45 at the church after simple supper. You do not need to buy the book to participate!

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