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Woshipping in the Celebrity Cult?

30/09/2011

A few weeks ago I was reading a photography magazine, when I noticed what seemed to me to be a great irony. On one page someone had written an article on the saleability of so-called ‘celebrity images,’ pictures of people who were famous or well known. The author had made a fortune selling pictures like this, and he observed in the article that many new magazines dedicated to the publishing of ‘paparazzi pics’ had sprung up over the last decade, all of them providing sources of revenue for himself and others. He closed his article with an astonishing statement. He wrote, “More people buy celebrity magazines than go to church on Sunday… It’s the new religion!”

But here’s the irony. In the very same magazine, on the previous page was another article. It was entitled, ‘Celebrity photographer takes his own life!’ It would be fair to assume that for this man, achieving celebrity status didn’t bring happiness, or peace or self-fulfilment. It seems that the ‘new religion’ of celebrity is just another man made, self-elevating delusion. Just another way for men and women to put themselves into the place where God should be enthroned in their lives, – just another way to think better of ourselves than we should. Those who make it their religion will find that it has no future, for our celebrity heroes are just men and women like us, and one day they will no longer be around, just like us!

You know, the Bible warns us against this sort of delusion. The first of the Ten Commandments warns us that we must put no other God before the Lord. He created us, and he demands that we worship him alone. The Shorter Catechism begins with the question, “What is the chief end of man?” The answer reminds us that the chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him for ever.

So let us not think more highly of ourselves and our human heroes than we ought to. We are all sinners, every one of us, and we have all fallen short of God’s standards, and we are all, by nature and practice, deserving of His wrath. And let us thank God for Jesus, the only One who deserves our worship, who for sinners like us went to the Cross and gave up his life, that we might be forgiven and saved from the penalty of our sin, and brought into a fulfilling relationship with the God who gives real peace, real satisfaction and real love!

From → Evangelism

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