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Celebrity Christians

December 18, 2009

Do you think Christians get overly excited about famous people who profess their faith in Jesus Christ? Do we tend to look for such celebrities? Do Christians raise them up for everyone to see?

What do you think drives this? It seems to me to be true. Christians hear of some famous person who is a believer and everyone goes crazy. They want to invite them to speak and they point them out to all their non-believing friends.

Is it that Christians need someone famous to validate their faith? Is it the idea that “look if this successful person believes you should too.” Does it give an emotional boost to believers?

Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

What strikes me about the early church is that, from what you read, it wasn’t the movers and shakers that made it work. It wasn’t the big name people. It was the average and ordinary. The people who didn’t have connections, who were not looked on favorably by the culture of the day.

On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 1 Corinthians 12:22-24

I understand what our culture says. I realize that since the culture values them who better to push forward and yet if we stop and ask is that really how the kingdom is to work we may come to a different conclusion. Paul talking about the church actually tells us that in the upside down world of Christ we actually honor the weaker. He says that the most presentable need no special treatment.

Why do we not do that instead? Sure it is great that Kurt Warner or David Robinson or any number of athletes have a strong faith in Jesus Christ, but why follow the world? Why not listen to Paul and lift up the lesser parts.

Maybe if we stopped following the world we would find hundreds of Susan Boyle like people all over the world and then we would work to keep from turning them into just another celebrity.

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