Some things never go out of style. Classical Greek and Roman decorating motifs were VERY popular a couple of generations ago and still have many fans. I know an evangelical Christian who has several small Greek and Roman statues on display in her house. One of the statues is a miniature of the famous Venus de Milo (see photo), which was sculpted around 100 B.C. and discovered on the Greek island of Milos in 1820.
Aphrodite (Venus was the Roman equivalent) was the very popular Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. There were many temples and shrines throughout ancient Greece dedicated to Aphrodite but the most famous ones were in the cities of Athens and Corinth. Ritual prostitution was an integral part of the worship of this pagan goddess.
I was surprised to see the statue and gently asked my Christian friend why she would have a nude statue of a pagan goddess on display in her house? She was visibly offended and replied it was merely decorative; a culturally-acceptable symbol of beauty. It wasn’t like she was worshipping the statue or anything like that. Also, the statue had great sentimental value because it was owned and displayed by her deceased mother and if it was good enough for Mom…, etc. I attempted to discuss the issue further but was met with increasingly icy emotions.
Well, I knew I was ABSOLUTELY RIGHT about this one. Would Jesus have had a statue of a nude, pagan goddess on his mantle? Oy! The idea is laughably preposterous! Or how about the apostle Paul, a sinner saved by grace? Oh, absolutely ludicrous beyond imagination! And yet this Christian can justify displaying the statue with no qualms whatsoever.
Of course, in criticizing this sister, the Holy Spirit pointed out to me that I also have things in my life that the Lord is not happy with. Argh! They’re certainly not as blatant or conspicuous as that pagan statue but they are just as willfully disobedient.
Lord, reveal and take away those things from my life that do not please You. Help me to be softhearted and instructable as You teach me from Your Word. Help me to follow You in all that I do. It’s only by Your grace that I’m saved and it’s only by Your grace that I can serve and please You.