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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Idol Makes a Comeback

"When It Takes a Miracle to Sell Your House:
Owners, Realtors Bury Statues Of St. Joseph to Attract Buyers;
Don't Forget to Dig Him Up"

So goes the headline of the article by Sara Schaefer Munoz in today's Wall Street Journal. It seems that sales of "St. Joseph Real Estate Kits," available for as little as $4.95 plus shipping, are on the rise. Desperate sellers bury the statue of Jesus' foster father head down in the front yard and wait for the buyers to appear. (Catholic leaders apparantly frown on the stunt and recommend putting the statue in the house--"Some are . . . quite beautiful"--rather than burying it.)

What is going on here?

It is funny that a typical children's Sunday School lesson on the danger of "idols" and "idolatry" tends to assume that the actual practice of placing faith in a statue is passe and instead focuses on explaining "modern day idols such as television." Well, think again!

"You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments."
Exodus 20:4-6 (NASB)

Many may dismiss this as a kooky good-luck charm, but I find it no laughing matter.

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