Identifying Your Source Idol(s)

When preaching on idols a couple of Sundays ago, I made reference to my friend Darrin Patrick’s differentiation between surface idols and source idols. The following¬†is taken from Patrick’s book¬†Church Planter, pages 164-167. Patrick acknowledges his indebtedness in this area to thinkers like Tim Keller, Dick Kaufman, Dick Keyes, and Jack Miller.

The IDOL of COMFORT

(Privacy, lack of stress, freedom)

Price we will pay- Reduced productivity

Greatest nightmare- Stress, demands

Others often feel- Hurt

Problem emotion – Boredom

The IDOL of APPROVAL

(Affirmation, love, relationships)

Price we will pay- Less independence

Greatest Nightmare- Rejection

Others often feel- Smothered

Problem emotion- Cowardice

The IDOL of CONTROL

(Self -discipline, certainty, standards)

Price we will pay- Loneliness; spontaneity

Greatest nightmare- Uncertainty

Others often feel- Condemned

Problem emotion- Worry

The IDOL of POWER

(Success, winning, influence)

Price we will pay- Burdened; responsibility

Greatest Nightmare- Humiliation

Others often feel- Used

Problem emotion- Anger