It’s no secret that we live in a celebrity-worshiping culture. Movie actors, rock stars, athletes, politicians and reality show participants seem to get most of the attention. And often, it goes to their heads and makes them plum nutty.
Take Anthony Weiner , for example. Anyone with a shred of decency would shrink into the background and work to get his life together. But Anthony, in one of the most graphic demonstrations of a lack of self-awareness I’ve ever seen, is pressing on with his effort to become New York City’s next mayor.
And then there’s Stevie Wonder. After the George Zimmerman verdict, he announced that he’s boycotting Florida until the “stand your ground” law is changed. That giant sucking sound you heard when his boycott was announced was the entire state of Florida yawning. In fact, when Stevie’s announcement was carried on the local news, I actually heard somebody say, “Stevie Wonder…is he still alive?”
Oh yes, and did you hear about Miley Cyrus? In an interview published last weekend she said that she prefers smoking marijuana to drinking alcohol. Why? Because “a lot of people spiral down with alcohol, but I’ve ever seen that happen with weed.” Thank you, Miley, for that mature insight.
You might assume the Bible has nothing to say about celebrity obsession. Actually, it does. For example, Proverbs 15:14 says, “A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.” What are the celebrity worshipers who bookmark TMZ and read The National Enquirer from cover to cover doing if they’re not feeding on trash?
In Ecclesiastes 2:3, Solomon said, “While still seeking wisdom, I clutched at foolishness.” Allow me to paraphrase: “While still going to church, I followed the twitter feeds of Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber.”
Or how about the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:19: “You think you are so wise, but you enjoy putting up with fools.” The key word there is “enjoy.” You enjoy following the exploits of numbskull celebrities.
Mark this down. The stronger you grow in your faith and relationship with God, the more you will detest the exploits of godless, irreverent, shallow, self-absorbed celebrities. Paul asked, “What fellowship has light with darkness?” (1 Corinthians 6:14) Again paraphrasing: “What interest does a Christian have in godlessness?”
The answer should be “none.”