Tim Keller’s new (soon to be best-selling) book is out: Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters. In the coming weeks, Lord willing I’ll have a review and an interview with Pastor Keller on the book. (I was supposed to have a copy of the book by now, but it appears to have gotten lost in the mail or something and another is en route.)
I came across this post of Tim Keller telling a little bit of his own story with counterfeit gods. Here’s an excerpt:
I often get asked how I personally became acquainted with the pervasive influence of idolatry in the human heart.
Like many younger ministers I worked far too many hours, never saying “no” to anyone’s request for my pastoral services. When salary increases were offered to me, I turned them down. When administrative help was offered to me, I declined. I was quite proud of being the kind of person who worked very hard, never complained, and never asked for any help. This regularly brought me into conflict with my wife, who rightly contended that I was neglecting my relationships to her and to my young sons. It also led to health problems, although I was only in my early thirties.