Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Following Celebrities Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

So in the wake of recent newsworthy events I’ve been following I recently found myself a bit shocked at the various reactions by people that I don’t know, but love.

Let me explain.

While I don’t understand the premise behind it, I am an avid follower of people on Twitter.  I’ve tried posting my thoughts but have found the lack of response quite…well…frustrating.  So instead I follow people and get my kicks out of reading their tweets, although lately the tweets have gotten a bit heavy-handed.

You see, I follow a number of well-known celebrities.  Why?  For the simple fact that I love the characters they portray in the shows that I watch, and I thought it would be fun to ‘listen’ in on their real lives.  Normally their tweets are funny and lighthearted, but due to recent events in the news I have found myself at odds with them and their belief systems.  It’s come to the point where I am questioning my sanity at continuing to follow them.

Reality has collided with fiction, and I’m not sure I like it.

It’s easy to forget while watching the latest episode of the show you love that these people on the screen are playing a part.  They are not reflecting who they are in real life.  The way they talk, the way they react, they way they live cannot be accurately portrayed through the lens of a camera.  Their beliefs and values are radically opposed to my own, and it is at this point that I have found my love for them a bit tarnished.

That’s why I am so thankful that Jesus is not like that.   In Hebrew 13:8 it says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”.

What does that mean?  It means that His love never changes, that His laws abide forever, and that He will never go along with the crowd for the sake of ‘fitting in’.  He won’t be swayed by political correctness, He won’t base His life and His decisions by the latest trend or fad, He won’t punish people after they’ve been forgiven and their sins are washed away.  In short, Jesus will never change who He is for the sake of worldly vision or values.

And I find that immensely comforting.

I don't have to base my life and beliefs on what someone else believes because I am serving a God who never changes.  I can enjoy the characters these people portray while resting in the knowledge that who they are in real life are people who need the Savior as much as I do.  So let those celebrities rant and rave over supposed injustices, let the world fly their flags of tyranny and political correctness, it will not change who my God is and it will not sway me from following Him.  As it says in Joshua 24:15…

If you have no desire to worship the LORD, choose today whom you will worship, whether it be the gods whom your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But I and my family will worship the LORD!"


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