In a timely manner, I had been writing and thinking on the subject of “spiritual adultery” which is idolatry. The term “idolatry” is more commonly used and easily recognizable biblically than the term “spiritual adultery.” On the other hand, the term “adultery” is most commonly used in the context of sexual matters, fornication and marriage trespasses. We will not highlight that subject right now. Let’s stick to the subject at hand, which can be discussed and written about far beyond our reading here. It would be great if I have the time needed in my lifetime to write profusely expounding on our subject here at hand. As the scriptures say, “my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe” (Psalm 45:1).” Ezra 7:6 describes Ezra as a skilled scribe. Adultery itself is a term which can be applied for betrayal, disobedience, unfaithfulness, etc. There is not enough space to write the many words which can be classified as spiritual adultery. However, we can briefly define “spiritual adultery” as any thing or any activity which is substituted for worshipping “the One True God.” Now, what might these things be? Again, my thoughts are drawn to the current situations which are now being experienced in All Nations of this world. Some people say they are serving God; (what god?) but they may be only serving the god they think about or again substituting what they have defined who or what is god to them. What are they following? Just to set the record straight, my emphasis is on “The Son of God.” When I read Dr. Cornel West’s letter of resignation and saw his reference to his mother’s death with the words” “intellectual and spiritual bankruptcy” that seemed to precisely describe my thinking “ spiritual adultery.”
That’s just the thing, people do one thing and cloak it under a different title or a different motive; when in fact their true selves are in the background, a shadow. They just don’t want to tell the truth. But what they do and act and enact: rules and regulations formulated for destruction. And they work on a long term plan for ultimate defeat of themselves. God Almighty has a longer term plan than any man can imagine or conceive. Jeremiah spoke sarcastically that Judah had more gods than cities: Jeremiah 2:28. They were carving images and making them their gods, placing them under shrubs, trees, etc. God (Jehovah) talked about His people played the harlot and were backslidden. Isaiah 44 talks about “makers of idols, work to no purpose, treasuring things that do no good and they knew it. The idols don’t look or think. The craftsman fashions by hammering. He gives it a human form; chooses firs, the rain makes it grow. But, in obvious contradiction of itself, it has no power except the power that only God can supply, using fire, rain and other divine elements. Not only that, the adulterous idolater prays and worships these no good inanimate objects. They have no minds and cannot think.
That which has been fashioned is completely absent of power or authority. This is the state of this world. “Peoples” are misguided and deceived; yet they keep going on and doing the same things when serving and obeying God who created the world and all that is therein is THE ANSWER! Now, what has man done? He uses political gimmicks as the “god.” “Friends and colleagues are their advice is my god. Dogs are my god. Horses are my god. (Solomon got into trouble with God about marrying those strange women and building up horses.) Gambling is my god. Drugs are my god. Food is my god. Hatred is my God. Riches are my god. Weapons are my god. Luxury cars are my god. My children are my god.
I listen to what they say and I do it. Cellular phones are my god, along with social media are my gods. I don’t have to go on. I believe you get the picture, the mental imagery. I’m so frustrated and hopeful and prayerful that we will all do better, learn better and change before it’s too late. If you think the pandemic was disruptive or if you think the fall of the Surfside condominiums was remarkable, both taking the world by surprise, just wait. I’m sorry to tell you, next on the agenda will be more astonishing! Get ready! Thanks for reading! Jeanette Grattan Parker, Founder-Superintendent Today’s Fresh Start Charter School 323-293-9826 www.todaysfreshstart.org; Askdrjeanette® www.askdrjeanetteparker.com [email protected] “Inquiring minds want to know.”© All rights reserved. Ask Dr. Jeanette Parker® The Holy Bible