Why is our society captivated by celebrity? It seems that merely a spark of fame or notoriety breeds adoration. Some admire the actual accomplishments of others (which brought them fame) while many seem to adore those whose abnormal behavior brought them attention. It would be effortless to name a string of current celebrities without any resume beyond wealth, immorality or deviance. Then there is the niche of modern royalty – a special category for those descended from someone famous. (Not just the House of Windsor, consider any number of American families treated as royalty.)
Is it possible that our culture is so hungry for the divine that people will pour their hearts into virtually any semblance of fame? That we believe if we could just gain some affiliation with them it would somehow give us value? That we will give our time, attention, money and yes, even worship to those who offer a taste of their celebrity to us?
That thirst seems insatiable, because it is only satisfied in Jesus Christ. It is Jesus who offers us the privilege of being born again – born spiritually. He offers us an abundant life, rivers of living water so that we will never thirst again, bearing much fruit.
“But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13
Why worship celebrity when you can know the Messiah, the One True God? Taste and see that the Lord is good! Forget the royal families of this world; you are invited to the Father, to be His child, and to spend eternity with Him. Jesus told His disciples that He was preparing a place for them. God’s children have a room in His mansion.
Next time the media starts selling celebrity (which we’ve been asking for) – instead, find a quiet place, grab a Bible, and pray and read His Word, and let Jesus fill your heart.