Tipping the Golden Cow

“When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods[a] who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”

Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods,[b] Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”

Exodus 32:1-4

Three things jump out of this passage:

1. God’s people are easily led away from His will.

2. When under enough peer pressure, most individuals (Aaron) will cave in to popular demands and expectations.

3. It is much easier to create new “gods” than to humble yourself and obey the commands of the Living God.

In his best-selling book, Malcolm Gladwell writes, “The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.” Gladwell goes on to state, “If you want to bring a fundamental change in people’s belief and behavior…you need to create a community around them, where those new beliefs can be practiced and expressed and nurtured.”

Beliefs about sexuality, relationships and family, that are in direct opposition to the clear teachings of Scripture, have reached the tipping point. Like one of those summertime forest fires in California, the movement to redefine what is right is spreading and consuming just about everyone and everything in its path. Ministers and theologians are capitulating like falling dominoes. Those who hang on to clear Biblical teaching now find themselves surrounded by communities that increasingly demonize them for remaining faithful to Biblical truth.

 

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March 18th, 2015 by

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