You shall not make for yourself an idol.
As Christ followers, we love nothing more than God. Commandment #1. But the second commandment warns us against creating pictures or images we might be tempted to worship.
Moses lived 3,500 years ago, when people carved images from wood or stone of birds and animals they believed to be gods. We wouldn't do that! On the other hand, we do make movies and pictures. Do we worship them?
'Of course I don't worship movies,' you might laugh. But worship is more than songs or prayers. To worship is 'to regard with ardent or adoring esteem or devotion' (Dictionary.com). To worship is to put your money where your mind and heart reside.
Millions of people worship the media with passionate devotion. Their adoration fuels the entertainment industry and its stars.
Stars of the Most High God must not believe the craft of their performance, the roles they create in Hollywood, to be magnificent. Don't look upon the skillfully manipulated images of film or fashion with a 'wow' reverence that belongs only to God.
We will not worship idols created by the media or create them ourselves--nor become one.
No American Idols.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the God's Ten Commandments For Hollywood series.