Stephen, good outline on the golden calf. I’m making this a separate comment to avoid taking over your post. I unintentionally did that to Ed’s post on compromising/improvising. Also rather than put a longer than necessary comment here I will direct anyone interested to an editorial I wrote for BrotherhoodNews. It covers many of the same points. You can find it here: http://brotherhoodnews.com/2008/05/26/too-many-aarons/#more-303
I have great concern today regarding the typical indifference of Christians to modern day idol worship. To put money, power, self or anything besides God on the throne of our lives, we know is idolatry, but what about man-made objects. By that I mean attempting to access God through man-made objects. We are moving into dangerous territory when we fall before huge man-made crosses and multistory banners to pray to God.
What do you think?