“It’s not I who has caused trouble in Israel,” said Elijah, “but you and your government—you’ve dumped God’s ways and commands and run off after the local gods, the Baals. Here’s what I want you to do: Assemble everyone in Israel at Mount Carmel. And make sure that the special pets of Jezebel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of the local gods, the Baals, and the four hundred prophets of the whore goddess Asherah, are there.” So Ahab summoned everyone in Israel, particularly the prophets, to Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah challenged the people: “How long are you going to sit on the fence? If God is the real God, follow him; if it’s Baal, follow him. Make up your minds!” Nobody said a word; nobody made a move” (1 Kings 18 The Message).
Idols. False gods. We all have them. We live in a world worshiping at the altars of many self-created gods and goddesses we turn to for life, meaning, fulfillment, cheap thrills and pleasure. Money. Sex. Power. Popularity. Body Image. Eternal Youth. Most of us simply keep our own Ego on the throne of our lives and serve our own desires and longings.
Today we marched up to another high peak and found a nice spot to sit and dig into this famous “Show down on Mount Carmel” between Elijah, the prophet of God and our hundred and fifty prophets of the local gods, the Baals, and the four hundred prophets of the whore goddess Asherah. With our cell phones, televisions, iPods, Facebook and other daily distractions and entertainment far away, this was a good time to do some serious soul-searching and perhaps decision-making. Continue reading Mountain God 6: Facing Idols (1 Kings 18)