Celebrity Worship

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.”

This entry was posted in Entertainers and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to Celebrity Worship

  1. Dan Plumley says:

    Sitting in a doctor’s waiting room today with a sick wife. In come two couples, obviously very poor, one woman probably in her 50’s having a hard time walking, weak and coughing, looking like she was in her 80’s. As we left, one of the men followed us at a distance out to our car. He stood several feet away from us when we entered our car, said he didn’t have enough gas to take his wife back home about 16 miles away. We gave him some money for gas, he blessed us and told us how much he appreciated it.
    Were they drug users, or just some of the very poor, good people in our area? I don’t want to know, they were people trying somehow to survive. I would welcome them into my house as they are now long before I would consider Stevie or Miley.

    • Mark says:

      I think a lot of people would feel just the way you do, Dan. Some celebrities are as morally and spiritually bankrupt as an on-the-street drug user, but because they are draped in the trappings of worldly success, neither they nor their worshipers realize it.

  2. Bob Malkemes says:

    Mark..you see this everywhere…in baseball– we have famous baseball players being suspended for cheating..after numerous denials…
    We have football players indicted for murder…
    I enjoy watching Tiger Woods play golf– he is also the last person I would seek advice from on any subject other than golf.
    Makes me wonder why people hold these “famous” folks up on such a level…why don’t we focus on that Dad or Mom who are working two jobs, raising a family and teaching their kids how to make a positive impact by being honest, ethical, and a personal spiritual walk with God…(you get the picture)–

    • Mark says:

      I agree, Bob. The world’s greatest heroes are usually closer to us than we realize. Sometimes right in the same house!

  3. Marg says:

    I am with Bob and Dan on this Mark. I would applaud the single parent, or just parents out there struggling to make ends meet to feed, cloth and house her kids before I would ever think Miley or others are people to look up to in any way at all. I do think that some of the celebrities are worth something for the things they do, I am talking of the ones who do not usually hear about they are the ones to applaud

  4. It’s a world thing. They follow after what they know and the unknown things of the Spirit are foreign to them. Why are we so surprised?

  5. The well known Hollywood companies are unable to dictate specifically whatthe people want or can get as they have up to now. Once you add to that distribution on the Internet and, news, internet sites, from chat to whole films. It’s a totally new environment. Some of it beneficial, some not.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *