We live in a "culture of disbelief," according to Stephen Carter, a professor of law at Yale University, one that prefers religion to be never heard and rarely seen. And yet, our culture has its gods: Scientists adore knowledge, politicians revere power, and CEOs worship money. We see the rotten fruits of such idol-worship when ethics are ignored in research experiments, reputations are destroyed in political campaigns, and honesty is sacrificed on the altar of profit. 

When these idols take center stage, the living God is pushed to the edges of our lives. God becomes a mere comforter, a false god who endorses our desires, rather than a Creator and Redeemer who has an absolute claim on us. Sadly, when the one true God is replaced or marginalized, the innocent are injured and the poor are forgotten. Social justice is ignored and the environment is abused. 

Religion finds its proper place in the traditions of group worship. At its best, this is a public activity in which God is encountered, and you are filled with wonder, love, and praise. So what happens when you catch a glimpse of the glory of Almighty God? How is your life transformed by the experience of joining the angels in praise and worship of the Creator? 

--Henry G. Brinton and John Y.H. Yieh, Revelation: Immersion Bible Studies (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2011), 19.‚Äč