Thursday, September 1st, 2016
Judgment (Part 15)
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)
The death of Prince, the singer, was tragic. He was a high-profile casualty of an addiction to prescription drugs. Nevertheless, I couldn't help but see the massive outpouring of wrenching grief and lauds from people who never met him.
Prince was called a visionary, giant, legend, icon, king and larger than life. Fans 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 devoted followers to buy whatever celebrities are selling. 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.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion, Public Opinion: http://amtcdevotions.org/public-opinion
* Previous 2-part AMTC Devotion, Fans Can Be Fickle: http://amtcdevotions.org/fans-can-be-fickle-part-1
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment series.