What Idols Are You Protecting

Augustine wrote about the ancient myth told by Homer, about the grecian destruction of Troy, and how the idolatrous Gods (such as Minerva) of

Troy could not protect themselves or their people. And it was not because Troy lost Minerva that Troy perished. What loss did Minerva herself first incur that led to her own [theft]? Was it, perhaps, the loss of her guards? There can be no doubt that their death made her removal possible – the image did not preserve the men; the men were preserving the image. Why then did they worship her, to secure her protection for their country and its citizens? She could not guard her own keepers.

Your idols are not true gods. They only exist as long as you protect them. They themselves have no power to protect (or harm) you. What idols are you protecting with bitterness, anger, impatience, self-righteousness, or hardness of heart?

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About Patrick K. Miller

Currently I am living in Columbia serving at the University of Missouri with Veritas, The Crossing's campus ministry. In December 2010 I graduated from Mizzou with a degree in English Literature. My beautiful wife, Emily, works is an Interior Designer with a local firm. I like espresso, 30 Rock, and books. My favorite old dead guys are John Owen, Augustine and Francis Schaeffer. You should read something by them.
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