I liked the movie Forrest Gump. I loved the fact that Forrest saw the world as it truly was and was motivated by love. I also loved the little quips throughout the movie that were very wise. “Stupid is as stupid does” is one of my favorites. And that is what Amaziah proves:
When Amaziah returned after defeating the Edomites, he brought the gods of the people of Seir. He set them up as his own gods, bowed down before them, and burned incense to them. As a result, the Lord was angry with Amaziah and sent a prophet to him. “Why do you seek the gods of this people?” the prophet asked. “They couldn’t even deliver their own people from you!”
This would be fairly stupid. And yet as Christians in the West we can do the same thing, worshiping wealth, power, success. It is easy to equate success in ministry with the same standards as success in the cutthroat business world–increased market share to the exclusion of all other competition. We can get so focused on this idea that we will use all the marketing, production, and entertainment we think we need to serve success.
I am sure the idols of the people of Seir were probably attractive, and I know a full house with dynamism and energy is attractive. But at the end of the day which deity are we serving?