It's a given of idolatry and idolaters that the minute you suggest that their pretty images and pictures and statues are actual graven images forbidden by Scripture and they are therefore idolaters, they react with outrage. What do you mean this is an idol? I don't worship this. It's just an innocent symbol. It's just a picture I enjoy. Are you some kind of Puritanical nut?
So, no, I won't speak of images we bow before or adore or tip our hats to or put our hands over our hearts and bow our heads to. Because I guarantee that none of us could possibly be idolatrous in the literal sense of the word, could we? I mean, the posters of rock stars or sport stars or actors and actresses that our children put on their walls and admire are JUST PICTURES, right? And we never intend anything beyond simple respect when we take off our hats and bow our heads at the start of a baseball game because though it's exactly the same thing we do in church when the pastor prays to God, it's JUST A FLAG AT A BASEBALL GAME, part of the national pastime, not something we reverence, right? And that picture of Jesus in our living room, why at most that's just an educational tool. We never think of Jesus as looking like that or reverence it in the slightest. It's mere decoration. Why, if George Bush were as good looking as Jesus, we'd have put his picture up there. And that statue of Mary, it's in our neighbor's garden, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, and who would ever put an idol in the midst of potted plants? I mean there are people in this part of the world who put old toilets outside as planters. Are you going to call that an idol too because it's also a garden decoration? And that box that pushes images into our home day and night that we leave on hours each day, that we think about and talk about at work and school, that great portions of our papers and magazines are devoted to, that we pay large amounts of money each month to receive and that guides our purchases, our dress, our thinking about philosophy and science and ethics, its ENTERTAINMENT, boy, don't you get it? Not an idol!