Yes, God exposed my idol. Let me explain. I have been reading The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbon. I was terribly shook by reading about the terrible Roman Emperors’ behaviors.
I then read that Trump is Julius Caesar and how they cause the end of the Roman (American) Republic.
I was shook and pale as I stood up from reading. My family asked what was wrong. I was not sure. Then I saw why an article could cause me to crash.
Why? I now realize that one of my idols is America. America as the Republic, a shining example of Democracy and human rights.
The Roman Senators saw that Julius was destroying a 400 year old Republic. They assassinated him to stop him and save the republic, but killing Julius could not save the Republic.
God Exposed my Idol, and It Hurts Me
Here is America. We probably cannot convict Trump. However, it may not matter. What he has unhatched likely cannot be put back in the box. Thus, the Republic can become a terrible Empire. Human Rights, freedom of Religion, and Rule of Law can all disappear in the space of a generation before anyone realizes or can stop it.
I am a Christian. My kingdom is not of this world. The fall of the Republic could cause many people to become Christian just as they did in the time of the Roman Emperors. Should I not welcome such a move?
So here we see my Idol. I live in China and liked to see my country as better than what I have here. Now, my idol is knocked down. The Trumpists have already stormed the Capitol. The country had to bring in 25,000 soldiers to safe guard the innauguration. Still, the large majority of Republicans are lining up with that which will finally overthrow the Republic. Local governments are often rabid Trump supporters. Too many people have been won to Trumpism. The Republicans cannot vote for truth in the Senate. They must vote for Trumpism regardless of the truth. See also Christians and the Ransacked Capitol.
I was shook. I still am shook actually. God help me. My country’s experiment in Democracy cannot last. However, the Kingdom of God endures. God will be glorified just as he was when the Communists overthrew the Nationalists in China in 1949. The Communists threw out the foreign missionaries and outlawed faith. Result was that tens of millions came to faith and still do.
Lord, my King is not the sanctity of American Republicanism. Help me let it go and not be an idol worshipper. God expose my idol anytime you want.