Thursday, September 15th, 2011
Kings, Idols & Stars
So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone.
John 6:15 (NAS)
The majority of celebrities seem content, even pleased, to be revered as kings, idols, and stars. Elvis was the 'King of Rock and Roll,' Michael Jackson, the 'King of Pop,' Sam Cooke and Otis Redding--the 'Kings of Soul.' American Idol is the top television series of the last two decades. Who doesn't want to be an idol?
Jesus for One. Followed by Peter, Paul, and Barnabas.
When their stardom provoked hero-worship, they set the record straight immediately.
Jesus emphatically affirmed, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner' (John 5:19). See also John 5:30 and 8:28. Jesus gives the glory to God.
When Peter heals a lame beggar at the temple gate, the witnesses are thrilled at Peter's power. 'But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, 'Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk?' ' (Acts 3:12).
Similarly, Paul healed a lame man at Lystra, and 'When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voice, saying... 'The gods have become like men and have come down to us' ' (Acts 14:11).
Paul and Barnabas were grieved. When they 'Heard of it, they tore their robes and rushed out into the crowd, crying out and saying, 'Men, why are you doing these things? We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the gospel to you that you should turn from these vain things to a living God' ' (Acts 14:14-15).
Actors, models, and talent for Christ: when the world applauds your talent and calls you a king, idol, or star, follow Jesus' lead. Give the glory to God. This is your purpose, opportunity, and duty.