Article Notes: “Young Women, Idolatry, and the Powerful Gospel,” by Elyse Fitzpatrick

This article hit home for me. As the dad of a 7-month old little girl, I’ve already spent plenty of time thinking (and, I confess, probably worrying) about how to help Hadassah see through fleeting things that our culture tells girls to give their lives for: a certain ideal of beauty, a relationship with Mr. Right, projecting just the right image to others.

Fitzpatrick offers some great thoughts that are worth reminding ourselves of:

1. We all worship something. It’s easy to see the things other people worship–an iPhone, a nice house–but it’s harder to see what idols our hearts tend to bow to.

2. As humans made to worship God, worship isn’t an option–everyone does it.

3. At the heart of all sin is worshipping something besides God — this is why the first commandment is first.

4. As parents, we can help our kids see their idols by being humble and confessing ours.


About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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