Celebrities and the media like for us to believe that somehow or someway we are indebted to them. By some mechanism, they believe their contributions to society is over and above and that we thus, should revere them.
The media is so bad when it comes to them, we know when they are married, have kids and often even know their dogs and cats and relatives.
The truth be told, their contribution to mankind has been not only exaggerated but also a skewed. Their total contribution is small, marginal at best and many times contaminated with self-indulgence.
For example; yearly we see the memorial of John Lennon and his legacy to the world. Forgotten is his travails of sex, drugs and godlessness. Oh sure. He gave us something and it’s called debauchery and rebellion. In short, his contributions are not only harmful, but at times, downright evil.
But this is also true oftentimes for many other celebrities. All one needs to do is examine any yearly roster over the suicides and drug overdoses among this societal group. This is a sick leadership that suffers ever so much themselves, but love to see themselves as leaders of others.
Boiling this down: are we really better off because of them? More than likely the answer is a negative one. No, we are not better off and oftentimes we are even worse off because of them.
This is something we should reckon with whenever we find ourselves envying them and wishing we had whatever it is that they possess.
In fact, as Christians we should not even embrace their characters but instead, distant ourselves from them. This is true even for the so called “Christian” celebrities who also believe they are on earth for the sole purpose of ingratiating us with their ever present perceptions of God and of the world.
Our focus needs to be on one person and one person only and that is Jesus. In the end, it is Jesus who saves and not the incessant noise and clamor of self-indulged celebrities of one time or another. Ultimately it is important: is the world better off or worse because of us. In truth, we need to be considered an assess an not a liability.