Bible reference – Exodus 20:4-6
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate meKJV
Universal Truth: Don’t put anything on a pedestal. Don’t worship nonsense.
Don’t worship things (like money). And especially don’t worship other people, whether it’s a company, an organization, or a church. No one is perfect (See Commandment 1). There’s nothing wrong with participating in those things, but those are not the pinnacle. The focus of your life should not be family or legacy either. There is no “idol”.
Why not? Seeking fame, money, or power ends up leading to a pretty hollow existence. Maybe it is fun for a time, but in the end… how fulfilling is it?
It’s funny because Commandment 1 does not say “Worship ME”. It essentially says there is nothing bigger than God. God is unknowable. God is infinite. God is everlasting.
Commandment 2 seems to say… don’t put anything else in that void.
There is an emerging wisdom here.