“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” – Exodus 20:3
When a “good cause” turns into an idol, I believe we are easily led into error and even making an idol out of our “good cause”.
The Pharisees of Jesus time were the benchmark of their time. They were the fundamentalists, the morally concerned, the Scriptural experts, the “right wing” conservatives. Yet Jesus said clearly to “do what they say but not what they do”. He often called them names such as “brood of vipers”.
Jesus implied that their doctrine and teaching was correct, but the Pharisees were hypocrites, putting the traditions of men above the teaching (and ways) of God. They had the dress and appearance and even speech of holiness but didn’t even recognize God right in front of them. They ignored the real need of mankind; Salvation, forgiveness of sins.
The Pharisees had turned the “good cause” of religious zeal and fundamentalism, even the pursuit of truth into an idol and ended up missing God in the flesh. Zeal for a good cause, even passion, is a good thing if tempered and brought under the authority of Christ Jesus. In the zeal of the moment while fighting for a “good cause” we are tempted to make an idol of the “good cause” hence blinding ourselves to the object of our pursuit; God. The “good cause” becomes an end in it of itself and no longer a means of holiness to the end of Christ-likeness and better union with God, even Salvation.
From experience I can say the temptation is great to make an idol out of a “good cause” while keeping the appearance of righteousness, but all the while sowing to the flesh.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of Grace, asking and full of faith to receive Mercy and pardon from Our Lord, who cares for us and is waiting and wanting to turn our hearts back to Himself.