OK… so I’m not telling any of us anything new when I say we live in a celebrity culture.
We are obsessed with the lives and times of celebrities: in the news, in newspapers, Internet, and tabloids. We’ve even got a whole segment of our society hooked on ‘reality tv’ culture… which is really nothing more than people being made ‘celebrities’ because… yesterday… they were ‘nobody’.
In a celebrity culture… if we are not ‘famous’, it is easy to think we are ‘nobody’… and that sucks! I don’t know about you, but in my life I know a whole lot of folks who are not rich, famous, and in the news… but I love them dearly, respect them completely, and count them as major influences on my life. I’m sure everyone reading this would say the same thing.
One of the greatest things the Christian community (the church… or at least the church as it should be) has to offer… is a place for all us ‘nobodies’ in the celebrity culture to be ‘somebody’. Instead of defining ourselves by wealth or fame we can define ourselves by faith and love. Instead of trying to keep up an image or competition we can work together and support one another. It may sound impossible… but some of us Christians have been doing it for 2000 years. Check out what Paul says to inspire Christians to this great purpose (Ephesians 4:1-3):
lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Gentleness, patience, love, unity… how different could things be in our life if those words described our culture rather than ‘celebrity’.
We can do this!