Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, July 31st, 2020
Judgment: Celebrity*
Pilate said to them, 'Shall I crucify your King?' The chief priests answered, 'We have no king but Caesar.'
John 19:15 (NASB)
The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving...
2 Corinthians 4:4 (NASB)
Do not go after other gods to serve them and to worship them...
Jeremiah 25:6 (NKJV)
When the singer, Prince, died, fans went crazy. He was a high-profile casualty of an addiction to prescription drugs. Nevertheless, I couldn't help but see the huge outpouring of gut-wrenching grief and lauds from people who never met him.

Prince was called a visionary, giant, legend, icon, king and larger than life. Hordes gathered and sobbed uncontrollably. 'This is one of the worst days of my life,' said one of his heartbroken followers. News coverage was international.

The worldwide worship of celebrity, purposely magnified by media, intently designed to make men wealthy, inspires hungry fish to bite their lines. Fans without focus look for a leader. But do flashy leaders look out for them?

'When he saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd' (Matthew 9:36).

Actors, models and talent for Christ, learn two things about celebrity:

1) The King of kings chose a humble life and refused celebrity status, along with the bling so often seen. 'I do not receive glory from men' (John 5:41). 'I can of Myself do nothing' (John 5:30). 'Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make Him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by Himself' (John 6:15).

2) When God anointed His disciples and brought about miracles through them, they refused celebrity status: 'Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?... By faith in the Name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong' (Acts 3:12, 16). 'Friends... We too are only human, like you' (Acts 14:15).

In conclusion, fame can be useful, but celebrity can be deadly. Only One deserves such eminence, and He chose humility instead.

## Judgment: Celebrity (Part 15)

* Previous Devotion, Public Opinion:

* Previous 2-part Devotion, Fans Can Be Fickle:

NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Judgment.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment 2020 series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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