October 28, 2009



1. a breaker or destroyer of images, esp. those set up for religious veneration.
2. a person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc., as being based on error or superstition.

Sounds like a fun job. But it sounds like one that can land you into some hot water:
The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; and to those who were selling the doves He said, "Take these things away; stop making My Father's house a place of business." His disciples remembered that it was written, "ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME." John 2:13-17 (NASB)
Yes, our Savior demonstrated some very iconoclastic actions over the course of His ministry, actions that ran Him head into the religious and political power structure, which then conspired to see Him crucified. It did not have the effect the power brokers wanted, but the one He wanted:
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NASB)
It took the courage of His faith in His Father to pursue the course of action He did, to be iconoclastic to the point of His death. And at His death, the ultimate iconoclastic action, the establishment of His kingdom, which will overcome all man-based, sin-influenced attempts to replace the "Living God" with a "god proud men can live with".

So I look to be an iconoclastic, but one for the Lord. Looking for error and superstition, to replace it with His truth, not mine. And to do it with even the merest fraction of the boldness and confidence that Jesus did. A tall order, being iconoclastic.

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