He said, "Son of man, do you see what the elders are doing here in the
dark, each one before his favorite god-picture? They tell themselves,
‘God doesn’t see us. God has forsaken the country.’" Ezekiel 8:12 (TM)
I’ve noticed that some people have a hard time reading the Old Testament because they find it hard to understand or relate to an ancient culture. Yet, I don’t think things have really haven’t changed all that much. It’s really the same story.
I read Ezekiel and about how the people had turned their backs on God to worship idols like Baal and Asherah. They said to themselves, "God has forsaken the country – I’ll worship the sex-god Asherah." I think we do the same thing today, but in our intelligence and sophistication we’ve done away with the idols like Asherah and Baal – and we’ve gone to worshiping what they stood for – sex, carnality, selfishness – ourselves basically. "There is no god. So I’ll do my own thing." No more rules. No more morals. I’ll do what I want, when I want, with whom I want to do it.
At the root of it – it’s still idolatry. We replace the worship of God with the worship of self.
When I read Ezekiel with this reality in mind – it becomes a lot more personal.