Thanks to my friend Sara for recommending Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller. She also recommended The Prodigal God, which I read last year while on Kairos.
The book opens with example after example of wealthy, financial powerhouses who took their own lives during the economic crisis of 2008. It ties these to the 1929 stock market crash and the suicides that followed. These examples show “the culture of greed” and that greed is idolatry.
Keller writes, “A counterfeit god is anything so central and essential to your life that, should you lose it, your life would feel hardly worth living.” Many people miss the fact that they are living with counterfeit gods because their gods are not negative things (Spouse, children, career…etc.) These are positive things until they become more important than your relationship with God.
The author says, “The true god of your heart is what your thoughts effortlessly go to when there is nothing else demanding your attention. What do you enjoy daydreaming about? What occupies your mind when you have nothing else to think about?” Are these your idols?