by Jeff Ginn

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Don't Date a Decoy (3 of 11)
Series: The Original Top Ten
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
Exodus 20:4-6


One hundred decoys were placed on the Izu islands of Japan to attract endangered albatrosses and encourage them to breed. For more than two years, a 5-year-old albatross named Deko tried to woo a wooden decoy by building fancy nests and fighting off rival suitors. He spent his days standing faithfully by her side. Japanese researcher Fumio Sato, talking about the albatross's infatuation with the wooden decoy, said, ''He seems to have no desire to date real birds.''

You say, ''What a dumb bird.'' He's fallen in love with a wooden decoy. You want to know something more tragic than that? It is that people put their affections upon the dumb, deaf, lifeless idols of this world instead of upon the Lord.

Let me take a brief survey.

How many of you have an idol at your home that you worship?

How many of you have an idol that you made in the likeness of something in the heavens?

How many of you have an idol that you have made in the likeness of something here on earth?

I suppose then that we can all breath a sigh of relief and go home? Right? Not so quick. There are idols that are tangible and visible. But there are also idols that are invisible and internal. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus taught us that for every command there is a corresponding inner attitude. Thus, although we may not have a literal idol in our house, we may have a idol in our hearts. Someone or something that we put before the Lord.

This morning I want to give you three reasons that you should not make for yourself an idol.

IDOLS ARE DECOYS (Exodus 20:4)

I heard about a man whose wife complimented him, ''Hon, you are a model husband.'' He was pleased until he looked up model in the dictionary. It said, ''a small imitation of the real thing.''

Idols are small imitations of the real thing.

In Acts 7:49 Stephen says, ''Heaven is my throne, and earth is the ...

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