The True Star
"I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star." -Revelation 22:16
We live in a culture saturated with entertainment. No matter where you go you go you can't get away from the stars' faces on magazines in the grocery checkout aisle, celebrity news after the regular news, and familiar faces in movies and TV. Celebrity culture has become a part of our lives. But it didn't always used to be this way.
Before television made it possible for everyone to view the same thing at one time, local artists entertained local people at a local theater. It was more community-focused. And, it is doubtful we had the same type of celebrity-consumer relationship we have today. We see everything we want to see — no flaws, perfect makeup, perfect hair — all while being absorbed in the dramatic aspects of celebrities' personal lives. We see them so often on movies and in TV that our brains actually interprets their presence in our lives as a close friend or family member. Is that crazy or what?!
But, what we need to recognize is these celebrities are just people. If we feel differently about any of them that anyone else we are engaging in idolatry. The true star is Jesus — our Morning Star! In the kingdom, we were never meant to be celebrities -- we were meant to respect, love and serve others and above all, be servants and lovers of God.
Do you look to Jesus as your true North Star?