This continues my series on a biblical theology of worship.
Our problem is: we refuse to worship God, in Christ, as he deserves. This happens in one of two ways.
We could simply ignore God and praise ourselves (Gen 11:4; Dan 4:30; Rev 18). This is what happens in modern Western culture: human learning & technology take God’s place.
The second way we withhold proper worship from God is through creating idols – false, safe, tameable gods – and worshiping them instead of the one, true, powerful, creator God (Ex 32:1-14; 2 Kings 17:7-23; 23:26-27; Is 44:4-20; Rom 1:18-23). This is what happens in more ‘traditional’, non-Western cultures.