We pity the poor heathen who adore a god of stone and yet worship a god of gold! Where is the vast superiority between a god of wood and one of flesh? The principle, the sin, the folly is the same in either case; only that in our case, the crime is more aggravated because we have more light--and sin in the face of it. The heathen bows to a false deity, but he has never known the true God. But we commit two evils, inasmuch as we forsake the living God and turn unto idols! May the Lord purge us all from this grievous iniquity!
"The dearest idol I have known,
Whatever that idol be;
Help me to tear it from Thy throne,
And worship only Thee!"
- C. H. Spurgeon
Idolatry becomes factual and present when we put anything at all before our relationship with the living God.
- Mack T.