For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. Romans 1:21-25
Pagan worship comes from a heart of a person that does not know God—they worship the created rather than the Creator. Idols are worshiped apart from God. Pagan worship gives worth to darkness and evil. It worships all that is opposed to God. It is the worship that Satan sought from Jesus as he tempted him in the desert (Luke 4:1-13). It is what every person worships apart from the mercy of God. It is the worship of idols. See Isaiah 44:14-20. It is worshiping the created as opposed to the Creator and it happens as people do not give thanks to God! It starts with ingratitude. “They did not honor him or give thanks to him”. God is the Provider of everything that we have and as such he is worthy of honor and gratitude. But we are born with a sin nature that will not respond in gratitude to God. Apart from his mercy a person will choose to live in ingratitude that will begin a downward spiral. Thinking becomes futile, foolish hearts are darkened; people become fools. God gives them over. Consider that phrase. Look for it in Romans 1:24, 26, and 28. If people choose to reject him, he gives them over to the gods they serve. He gives them over to the demons they invite into their lives. He gives them over to the wickedness that they adore. Pagan worship is a dark, meaningless existence. Unfortunately, it is what most of the people that you know are trapped in. It may not look dark, but it is. It may not seem hopeless, but it is. They may even seem to be good people, but they are trapped worshiping evil. They are trapped believing that what is evil is good. Ask God to reveal to you the worship that pagans offer. Look for it in the news, in the entertainment that is presented, in the things we are being told are right that are not. Notice the darkness of this worship. Pray for those trapped in that worship. Pray that God may open their eyes and shoe them his mercy so that they can worship him alone.