Downhome Christian


March 14, 2019

Recently, my wife and I were enjoying the Friday catfish buffet at The Bistro. We hit that trough on a pretty regular basis.

As we were eating one of the security officers walked up with this statement. "I've been wanting to ask you a question. I make fishing lures. Someone told me that my lures are a graven image and the Bible says not to make an image of anything in the heavens, earth, or water. Are my fishing lures against the Bible?"

I have been answering Bible questions for over 50 years and no one has ever asked that question before. I thanked him for such a great question, told him I would think about it and get back with an answer.

Is a fishing lure a graven image? Well, it is a carved creation of something. Would this apply to my friend who makes dolls for kids? They are created images of a person. What about my own penchant for painting model soldiers? I have an army of painted lead or plastic Civil War soldiers. Some of them are older than I am and painting them relaxes me. Are these against the Bible?

Here is the text: "You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth." Exodus 20:4 NASB.

Sounds like we might have a serious problem. Our answer is found in the next verse."You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God ...." Exodus 20:5 NASB. Do you worship your fishing lures, dolls or painted soldiers? Are you bowing down before them and treating them as a god?

I think we are in pretty good shape here. Keep making those lures. However, I do know people who claim to be worshipping when they are fishing.

God bless.


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