Stereotypes exist because there’s a sliver of truth to them. For instance, women are stereotyped as notorious shopaholics. Many of the women that I know fall into this category. They love to shop, and it doesn’t matter if they’re at a consignment shop or Barneys New York — they will spend hours canvassing every floor, every department, and every rack in those stores. I can’t go shopping with my friends because I just don’t have the stamina. Seriously, I would need frequent rest breaks, snack breaks, and possibly a nap to keep up with them. Besides, I only shop twice a year — right before the start of the school year and again before winter. I’ll pick up a few essentials throughout the year, but the average amount of time I spend in any given store is 20 minutes.
Part of my aversion to shopping stems from the habits of others — my mother in particular. She always shopped for me. As her only child, I think she just liked dressing up her little girl. Looking at old pictures of my mom and her sisters illustrates how fancy they were. They liked dressing up, and they looked good doing it. I don’t believe they were obsessed with shopping. I believe it was more like a reward for themselves after hours of repetitive movements working in local factories.
Some people, however, take shopping and coveting to an extreme by idolizING.
He’s Serious, Y’all
I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.3“You must not have any other god but me.4“You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. 5You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. ~Exodus 20:2-5 (NLT)
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Take a little time to read Exodus 32 and determine for yourselves whether it’s worth it to you to continue idolizING people and things and to be blotted out of God’s book. That means it’s time for us to examine ourselves and our practices. What is that we’re idolizING? What will it take to rid yourself of this addiction? For some, it’s easy. For others, it will take some time, effort, and prayers of the faithful. I’m committed to pray for you by asking God to cleanse your heart of anything that draws you away from him. I ask that you pray for me too.