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We Live in an Age Where People Worship Many Gods…
The prophet Zephaniah is prophesying a terrible and destructive day of the Lord, a day of divine judgment that is coming to Israel. He is writing not long before the fall of Jerusalem, which took place in 587 B.C.. His message is one of destruction and death coming to Israel. This divine judgment is coming because Israel has fallen into the sin of worshipping other gods and because of its unjust and abusive leadership. It is a message as fresh and important as the day it was given those many centuries ago. We, too, live in an age where people worship many gods. Indeed many deny the very existence of God, claiming divine-like qualities to themselves, or to science, or some other human entity. Someone once said that all you would need to do to see what a person’s “religion” is, would be to watch them for a time and observe what he or she gave all of his or her time, talent and treasure to. In doing so, we can see that many today worship things like power, money, and sensual pleasures of countless kinds, and their whole lives are built around finding ways to maximize these things. Because of this there is much that is unjust and abusive in our social and political leaders today. Science and technology have become the gods of many people today too. They are worshipped with a kind of subservient awe and reverential enthusiasm. And those who are engaged in these things even begin to believe that, though they do not now have the answers to the great existential questions, they will one day find them. They have even come to believe that they are the masters of nature and that, at some time in the future, scientific and technological man will master…