If God is good, but good isn’t God, how do we avoid making our worst mistakes with some of the best things in life?
Seems to me that for openers we might want to say to one another, let’s:
Value family, freedom, and a government of the people, by the people, and for the people– but don’t worship them.
Work hard, but don’t assume that there is a necessary relationship between hard work and material or spiritual success.
Save for the future, but don’t count on the future. Buy medical, car, and house insurance, but don’t let them rob you of your confidence in God.
Follow the best leaders you can find, but don’t rely on them. Value friendships, but don’t depend on friends. Try to stay healthy, but don’t put your trust in good food and exercise. Enjoy rest and recreation, but don’t live for them.
Use technology, but don’t sell your soul for it.
Get information, value education, and treasure wisdom, but don’t let them rob you of your faith.
Pray, but don’t rely on prayer. Try to know the Word and will of God, but don’t make a god of knowledge. Learn from your teachers, but don’t idolize them.
Seems to me that when the Apostle John ended his first New Testament letter saying, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1John 5:21) he knew that, while times change, our tendency to find our life in something other than God never does.