Friday, February 1st, 2013
Celebrity Poison (Part 1)
'Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through My splendor which I had bestowed on you,' says the Lord God. 'But you trusted in your own beauty, played the harlot because of your fame, and poured out your harlotry on everyone passing by who would have it.'
Ezekiel 16:14-15 (NKJV)
Fame is the #1 value among U.S. children. In the 20th century, it was 'community feeling' or being part of a group.* If early beginnings are one ingredient of success, their desire for fame has been fruitful.
Today, American stars are idolized worldwide, and celebrity is a leading export. Is it because we have the best performers? Or is it because we have New York and Hollywood within our borders?
The city that does not sleep joins the city of angels in a 24/7 broadcast blitz. This blitz blooms under the government of a fallen star named Satan: 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2).
Media moguls profit from the power of the air and spin our stars to their tunes. Extraordinary productions make ordinary people famous; their images and stories tempt idle imaginations. Through the intimacy of film and photos, fans follow them everywhere. Idle thoughts become idol thoughts.
But this fame game brings national shame. Today's Scripture showed what happened in Israel. Now it's happening here, there and everywhere.
What's the antidote for fame?
In one word: you! In two words: your witness.
Actors, models and talent for Christ raise a new standard. When the world gives them praise, they 'Cast their crowns before the throne, saying: 'You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power' ' (Revelation 4:10-11).
When fans follow them off stage, they see performers with heads down and arms up. And they 'Blessed the Lord, the great God. Then all the people answered, 'Amen, Amen!' while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord' (Nehemiah 8:6). Prayer is contagious.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: a revolution of light begins with your example. Deny idol worship. Affirm God worship. Let the show begin. Let this be our nation's legacy.
To Be Continued...
*UCLA study on the values of children: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/popular-tv-shows-teach-children-210119.aspx
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Celebrity Poison series.