Tragedy seems to follow celebrities. A few names quickly come to mind: Elvis, Marilyn, Michael, Diana and Whitney. They all have something in common other than their gift for performance or persona. They were all worshipped by their fans.
Today, we can witness the paparazzi madness around Kim Kardashian, Brittney Spears, Madonna, and Justin Bieber to name a few current idols. Here is the problem. We’ve gone from appreciating a talent to worshiping flesh. That’s fatal for the worshiper and the person being worshiped.
The Bible only offers scenarios where man worships God. (See John 4:24). On the other hand, the Bible is replete with God’s anger when the people of God worshiped idols. In most cases the people of God, usually an entire nation (Israel) or community, were destroyed or befell great tragedy for their practice.
Displaced idolatry destroys the thing being worshiped because flesh is not made to be idolized. Elvis, Marilyn, Michael and Whitney medicated themselves to cope with their circumstance. I believe they took their fame to heart; they believed it. They could not handle the fame and they weren’t made to. Diana was chased to her death because the culture needs its fix of a candid picture of the current god of the day. It’s madness.
Displaced idolatry also destroys the worshiper because it incurs God’s wrath.Starting with the next generation, lets teach our children that we were made to worship God alone; let’s appreciate a talent for what it is and leave it right there.
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