Sometimes we dismiss idol worship as something that only happened in ancient times. The slideshow below shows people leaving sacrifices for Buddah and other gods in temples in Thailand. I was struck that people would leave food and gifts that would rot and decay. It was a waste of food, but also a sad commentary on the people that felt compelled to follow rituals that accomplished nothing.
In the movie Braveheart, William Wallace chose to die rather than to return to tyranny. In Galatians 4 Paul pleads with the Galatians to not return to the tyranny of the law.