I have an idolatry issue. This idol has had varying degrees of influence in my life from an all-consuming passion to a casual-yet-vested interest. I have pinned many hopes and dreams on this idol since I can remember.
This idol in my life is hockey, and more specifically the Vancouver Canucks hockey team. As many of you probably know the Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.
As I was watching the game I discovered that every hit, pass, shot and goal either brought elation or despair. In between periods I needed to go outside to try to gain some sort of broader perspective, though the change in scenery had no change in my train of thought. When Bergeron scored the short-handed goal I felt physically ill. Half-way through the 3rd period I took my glasses off because I couldn’t even bear to watch. As the clock ticked down to 0:00 I couldn’t believe how much it hurt, to see Boston hoist that oversized silver cup.
I was saddened that after all of the work the Canucks put in this season, they still couldn’t capture the prize. Moreover, I was saddened that after all the work I put in this season to strip this idol from its place in my heart, when the litmus test had come and gone I had failed.
Nelson Boschman (pastor of Artisan Church - http://artisanvancouver.ca/) said it well last night: “…Nights like these expose our deep need for a bigger story than hockey.”
One of my idols let me down last night. Though I suspect that even if the Canucks won, in some way my idol still would have let me down. Because that’s what idols do.
Maybe your idol isn’t hockey. Maybe your idol is popularity, money, sex, power, your family, your spouse, your friends or something else. Whatever your idol is, it will let you down. Because that’s what idols do.
My fellow idol loving brothers and sisters, may God open our eyes to see our idols and strengthen us to pin all of our hopes and dreams on His story, the biggest story there is - the Gospel. Because that’s what God has done for us.