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Stop Worshiping the Splinters of Broken Gods
When a Good Thing Becomes a God
I have a long history of music idolatry. I found a good thing in my life, music, but the problem ensues when I decide to treat it as a god and worship it. All kinds of gnarly things have resulted from that.
One thing that I have seen throughout my life is that God is faithful to crush our idols. He can do that because he is simply bigger and more powerful than all of the other things that we might choose to worship. The song “One God” was written out of the continual experience of seeing a big God rule over everything else.
God Will Not Share His Throne
God has done a lot of work on me, but I am in no way beyond idolatry at this point in my life. As John Calvin said, our hearts are “idol factories.” I continue to build gods and thankfully, God continues to crush them. By “crush” I mean that God shows me clearly that those things have no power. It’s similar to what he showed the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18:20-40:
- …the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
It was clear that the god Baal could not compete with that kind of power. But I surprise myself in that even when I see how weak my idols are in comparison to the one true God, I will try to worship them. I sweep up the splinters, ashes, and dust and still find myself bowing down. "One God," the first song off the new EP, is a call to “stop worshiping the splinters of broken gods.” There's only One.
A Rallying Cry and Anthem
We introduced "One God" at Mars Hill Downtown this past May, and it really resonated with our people and became a rallying cry and anthem for our church as our people continue to sing it at the top of their lungs. When we saw how the song impacted our church, my band, Ghost Ship, decided to record it so that others could enjoy. We’re incredibly excited to share this whole EP with you and we hope the songs bless you as much as they've blessed us.