God is Not Dead by James Merritt

God is Not Dead
James Merritt
Exodus 20:4-6

INTRODUCTION

1. If there is one commandment that is usually thought to be irrelevant, it is the second commandment. However, it may be second in position because it is second in importance. This commandment is one that is probably the most easily ignored and, yet, the most blatantly broken.

2. In case you doubt that idolatry is alive and well right here in America, picture a newspaper article entitled, THE DEIFICATION OF ELVIS: Those who worship 'the king' practice their own form of religion. This newspaper writer thought at first it would be just a joke to ''study Elvis worship as a religion.'' Then she made this observation:

Perhaps it was the cross-shaped floral tributes lining the walk to his grave, or the women shedding tears over the Presley family plot that gave my idea more weight... mostly though it was a poignant bit of graffiti scratched into the famous iron gates outside his home: ''Elvis, how great thou art''... he was called the king, and his home is Graceland--words rife with significance... people treasure icons and momentos of him from gaudy ceramic figures to pieces of cloth ripped from his sequined jump suits. On the anniversaries of his birth and death, fans make pilgrimage in his honor.

3. Far from being ancient history, decades now after his death, the faithful still make their pilgrimige to Memphis to celebrate the former king of rock and roll. This article goes on to point out something even more bazaar. It speaks of a couple who were fans of Elvis, and passed their enthusiasm on to their daughter. They described a scene as their daughter died on her hospital bed:

''She was looking upwards and holding her arms out like she was trying to reach toward someone and hug them. She said it twice, 'Here comes Elvis.' Then she collapsed and died. She had the most beautiful smile on her face as she died, like an angel; she saw Elvis when she died... The girl's father said he became more ...


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