At first glance, the rant of prophet and psalmist against the worship of idols might seem out of date to contemporary readers. A little reflection, though, tells us that it is as current as can be. “Idol” is defined in modern dictionaries as a representation of an object of worship, carrying the connotation of “false god”. Nowadays, with religious idolatry a matter of concern only to select circles, it is more common to see the title “idol” attached to any person who attracts adulation, regardless of personal qualities, or any perceived good that determines how we live our lives. Idols are identified by their popularity rather than by what they represent. A movie star might be an idol, sometimes for no apparent reason, certainly not acting talent. Wealth or power might be a goal to which we render obedience and devote our lives as to a god. These idols and their implications for people’s lives make countless appearances in the media, enhancing their power over people’s thoughts and behavior, no less than did the idols of Egypt in the days of the Pharaohs, though normally no one would consider them real divinities.