Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, January 16th, 2011
The Making Of Stars
Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the Lord your God.
Leviticus 26:1 (NIV)
God 'made the stars' and 'placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth' (Genesis 1:16-17). All other star makers are phonies.

Jesus is 'the rock' (Deuteronomy 32:4), and He alone is sacred. He is called the 'precious cornerstone' (Isaiah 28:16) and the 'bright morning star' (Revelation 22:16).

Put them together, and we see Jesus as the Rock Star, the One and only, 'the Author and Finisher' (Hebrews 12:2), the most famous Man who ever lived. Unlike Elvis, He is truly King, and His sightings are real miracles.

Everyone else? 'He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters' (Luke 11:23). If they are not 'imitators... of Christ' (1 Corinthians 11:1) in heart and talent, they are pretenders, confusers, and false idols--stars with style but no substance. If they do not give Him the glory, they are living on borrowed air time.

Consider God's warning - written thousands of years before today's age of technology, internet, movies, television, iphones, podcasts, fan clubs, platinum records, superstars, supermodels, paparazzi, gossip magazines and TV shows devoted to the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

God told us not to make idols or worship images of stone (rock stars). Haven't we done exactly that?

Consider the consequences of celebrity fascination: millions of teenage girls want more than anything to become like the sexy stars they follow. They give away their innocence to bad examples, peer pressure, and faithless boys with energy and desire, but no purpose. Without true leadership, our sons run in every direction but the Right One. Or, they simply stall out.

The making of stars is God's business and His alone. All else leads to ruin.

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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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