It’s just dumb to build yourself an idol, prop it up on the mantel – carefully, so it won’t fall over – and then worship it. Isaiah marvels that some people cut a tree to use for firewood, and then:
“From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, “Save me! You are my god!”” (Isaiah 44:17)
If you build it, it cannot be your god. And yet, people still make their own ‘gods’ and worship them – these days they tend to use computer chips instead of wood or stone. It is inherently foolish to surrender to something you have made – or made up!
I say made up because something similar is going on when we attempt to redefine Jesus to fit our own ideas. People say, “My Jesus would not have done that” as though they are in a better position, today, to know what Jesus was like than the eye witnesses who wrote the Gospels. “The Jesus Seminar” was made up of self-described “scholars” who decided for themselves which things Jesus actually said, and which were falsely ascribed to Him, based on their own preconceived notions! But anything you have made or have made up, cannot be your God. He cannot guide you or save you.
Psalm 115 says:
“Those who make them [idols] will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.” (Psalm 115:8)
One reason we become like our idols is because we have made them in our own image. We resemble them because they have been made to resemble us, to agree with our own ideas. Someone once said, if you pick and choose which parts of the Bible you agree with, discarding the rest, what you wind up is a mirror image of yourself. A “god” who looks like you cannot guide you or save you.