Thursday, December 30, 2010

American Idol

Not much has changed since 1629 when Nicolas Poussin produced in his near-photographic style "Adoration of the Golden Calf." Taken from Exodus 32:4 the impatient Israelites grew weary of waiting for Moses to return from his encounter with God where he is given the stone tablets containing the 10 commandments. Aaron, pictured center, talked the crowd into ponying up their gold earrings which were then fashioned into the ever notorious golden calf. The party (and that's putting it politely) followed. Notice Moses and Joshua descending the mountain, commandments in hand, but not for long. The wrath of God and Moses against the idolaters and their idol resulted in the breaking of the tablets, for the law had been broken. Moses melted the calf and then ground it to powder.
I'm reading and studying for next semester's bible study at First Pres Jackson and have come face to face with my golden calf. On Christmas day. A striking conviction on the day we celebrate Emmanuel, God with us. We all have a golden calf. Where's yours? If you'll excuse me, I have some powder left to grind.

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