And I polluted them in their own gifts.
Ezekiel 20:26 (KJV)
Hollywood and New York are filled with fallen stars. We see them on television, magazine covers, movies, and talk shows. We are mesmerized by their fall, drawn by the same fascination that causes massive traffic jams at accident sites. The road may be cleared, but everyone slows to see the devastation of the crash.
In Ezekiel 20:26, God speaks to the prophet on a subject close to the heart of future stars: their talent. When God gives us a talent, He expects us to use it well. That means pursuing excellence in our giftedness, helping others, and honoring the God Who gave us the gift.
What happens when we don't use our gifts to glorify God? Sometimes we deny the gift. Bury it. Ignore it. It withers from lack of use and nourishment.
But we can also turn our gifts to glorify evil; dark acts on film are designed to intoxicate an audience. Stars misuse their God-given charisma to openly or implicitly endorse violence, greed, addiction, infidelity, lust, and vanity. Such stars are fallen stars, polluted in their own gifts. Unfortunately, pollution spreads.
God is raising a new generation of stars who will shine for Him: for truth, passion, hope and the incredible drama of the human experience.
As for fallen stars? 'Who are you to judge another's servant? To his own Master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand' (Romans 14:4). We do not judge. We cast no stones. We pray. We love. We example excellence.
Because God can raise them, too.