Monday, September 14, 2009

It Is What It Is?

For the past couple of months I have been pondering a statement the beautiful Jennifer Rothschild said. (She is beautiful inside and out.) She spoke the Saturday evening of our 2009 She Speaks conference. During her message she said that in our culture we have “Christian celebrities." Then she said, “It is what it is.”

Doesn’t that make you pause? Do we have Christian celebrities? Yes, we do, and each one of us could probably name our favorite famous Christian — Beth Moore, Max Lucado, Andy Stanley, etc. I have been wondering, is this true because of radio, TV and Internet? Is this something new to the past few generations?

I think it has been around a very long time. For example, John Wesley in the 1700's and D.L. Moody in the 1800’s. But it goes even further back. Think of the letter the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians in which he said,
What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Paul"; another, "I follow Apollos"; another, "I follow Cephas"; still another, "I follow Christ." 1 Corinthians 1:12 (NIV)

It sounds even as Christianity was still in its infancy there were Christian celebrities. I think Jennifer was on spot when she said, “It is what it is.”

What’s your opinion?

Keep the Heart-Print Faith,


Anonymous said...

Please lets focus on the message and not the messenger. Christians are not celebrities they give the glory to God for anything they do or become.

Joyful said...

I have to admit I'm glad for Christian celebrities...especially for our younger generation.

When I was in my teen years I adored "Evie". ( I'm dating myself!) Anyway, my room was filled with pictures, album covers (dating myself again), etc... I remember at one point my mom especially became concerned about my fascination with this little 4'11 singer and asked an older woman in our church her opinion. This wise elderly lady told my mom to be thankful. Young people are looking for someone to admire. She encouraged my mom to be thankful that I was looking up to someone who was looking up to Christ and that as I matured in my walk with the Lord, I too would make that switch over. She was right.

I know we shouldn't allow anyone to take the place of the Lord, or become an "idol", but they certainly can be instrumental in pointing us to Christ.