“But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.””

Joshua 24:15 NLT

There is a movie coming out that already has my spirit vexed called “American Gods.” It is based on the novel by the same name. The central premise of the novel is that gods and mythological creatures exist because people believe in them. Immigrants to the United States brought with them spirits and gods. The power of these mythological beings has diminished as people’s beliefs waned. New gods have arisen, reflecting America’s obsessions with media, celebrity, technology, and drugs, among other things.

God is our creator. As humans we are drawn to something that is greater than ourselves. Some people are drawn to self-worship because of their inflated egos. E.G.O. could stand for Edged God Out because a person has successfully done so due to having overestimated sense of self.  Then there are others who have chosen to worship the American gods of capitalism (the worship of money), hedonism (the worship of pleasure usually sexual in nature), racism (the false worship of racial superiority) or intellectualism (the worship of one’s on intellect).

What one eventually discovers is that the worship of anything other than the true and living God is idolatry that ends in spiritual death.

Joshua warned the children of Israel that once they entered the Promised Land they would have a choice. They could choose the God of their ancestors who delivered them from slavery or they could assimilate into pop culture and worship the gods of the country they now lived in.

  1. Every house has to choose whom they will serve. When I say “gods ” I’m not referring to the monotheistic God shared by Abraham’s children. The Jews, Muslims, and Christians worshipped the same God at some point and we disagreed at some point as to how our faith is lived out. The gods I’m referring to are tributaries of our own fleshly interests that eventually dry up in human pursuit. As a leader of your house you have to choose whether your family will serve God or gods.
  2. There has to be a distinction between whom you serve and whom the world chooses. You can tell who God’s people are by how they live their lives. I Peter 2:9 says, “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession.” As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
  3. People can tell who your God is by how you serve. Service is the rent we pay for living on earth. Jesus said that greatness is determined by how well we serve one another. Greatness is not how much money you have, it’s not how big your house is, it’s not about how much power you have but it is measured by how big your heart is. God is love and those that love him express it to others.

There are a lot of people who serve American gods. This is how you recognize them:

People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

 2 Timothy 3:2-5

Today you have to make a choice; who are you going to serve? The true and living God of Abraham, Moses, and Jesus or the gods of America?

Dear God,

Thank you for opening my eyes to who you really are. As the deer pants for the water so my soul longs for you, and it will not be satisfied for any other substitute. Today I choose you over everything else. Nothing compares to you. I’ve searched all over and I can’t find anything or anyone else that could take your place. My soul will not rest until it rests in you. God, it is in you that we move, live, and have our being. I choose you!

In Jesus’ Name,