These are hurting our relationships and damaging others view of God.
We live in a day in age that people are searching to feel like they belong. We have subjected ourselves to being labeled by society to make sense of our lives. I find this to be the reason that many of us are emotionally unstable because we feel that we need to define ourselves at the cost of others opinions.
Often when I read the Old Testament and come across people worshiping idols I think, “I’m sure glad we don’t struggle with that today.” It’s easy to read what people struggled with thousands of years ago and think we’ve gotten smarter. But have we? Or have we just packaged our idols differently?
For years Christians have been leading the charge to deny pleasures in the pursuit of Jesus. After all in Matthew 16:24 Jesus tells us we need to pick up our cross and follow Him. Dying to ourself doesn’t seem like a pleasure seeking move. However I think we have been focusing on the wrong thing.