What is idolatry?
Here's the answer:
Idolatry is the worship of idols.
Idolatry is a word that means the worship of idols. Idols are anything that we place above God in our lives. Family, friends, hobbies, crafts, and sports are all good things, but they can become idols if we place them above God in our life. The Lord doesn’t want us to have any idols in our lives (Exodus 20:3).
In Bible times, the people would worship statues and carvings. Even though we don’t worship these types of idols, we still have other idols in our lives, such as celebrities, friends, family, music, or sports. Whenever we place something as the most important thing in our life, it becomes our idol. For example, if our main focus is winning the soccer match and all we ever do is think about soccer and we practice to the point that we forget to read the Bible and spend time with God, then soccer has become the idol in our life. Soccer is a good thing in and of itself; however, we should never place anything over God in our lives.
As Christians, we need to make sure we only worship God.
"Do not put any other gods in place of me" (Exodus 20:3).
"I am the LORD. That is my name! I will not let any other god share my glory. I will not let statues of gods share my praise" (Isaiah 42:8).
"Dear children, keep away from statues of gods" (1 John 5:21).