• Rick

    Another reason we don’t need “Christian Celebrities” is because they will fail. They will fail because they are human, but celebrities inhabit a world in the spotlight. When they fail they will fall long and hard. It has happened over, and over and over again. Celebrity also shines a spotlight on every aspect of people’s lives and that is unnatural, but in order to survive and advance the spotlight has to be there otherwise they become irrelevant. It’s a twisted concept, and not very Christian. Christianity is about relationships. Celebrity is narcissism run amok. They are not compatible.

  • Jan Lynn

    Great post and such an important perspective. “Influence is only ever tangential to being a Christian; it is never the main thing.” I’ve long believed that leaders have decided leadership is the most important of the spiritual gifts, and that “influence” is the measure of this leadership. It’s completely self-serving, which of course is antithetical to the actual teaching of Jesus.

  • Sabelotodo2

    Bravo, Laura! You nailed it!

    So much of the evangelical thrust for persuasion and influence using a “canned gospel”-template reduces individuals to “prospects” for their pitch–mere THINGS, and not PERSONS who need to be loved into believing. And the celebrity-culture dishonors celebrities by treating them as “things” as well, albeit things to be highly exalted”–and not real people.

    The call to discipleship is a call to relationship: Christ took Zachaes to lunch, and this act and conversation changed him . . . we’re cheated out of the ensuing conversations and other-more gradual changes that this new relationship no doubt generated.

    Relationships are messy, and that’s where Christ–Immanuel, chose to dwell, among us messy humans. And the changes that happen is us, take shape in a slow proces, as love works its way. Servant-leaders don’t seek the spotlight and megaphone. They quietly administer their love and service in the shadows.

  • Gema

    Amen! Many celebrity “Christians” stand for the wrong kind of ‘values’ and demonize true Christians who value God’s commandments above all else. I’m heartsick of all the celebrity Christians who are demonizing God fearing Christians with the “homosexuality is natural” lie and casting any of us out who stand by the truth of the gospel as being phobic and hateful. Just because they’re famous, rich and have a cousin who’s gay that doesn’t make God’s commandments null and void.

    Yet people wanna kick Manny Pacqiao, Kirk Cameron and Lisa Whelchel to the curb for refusing to compromise their Christian values to be considered ‘most relevant.’ What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? I’d rather be persecuted for not going with the flow. Jesus endured much worse for me so I can take some verbal assault to defend His honor. My Savior is worth it!

  • Jeremy

    And if I hear another person say “I’m tired of Christians saying I love gay people but homosexuality is a sin, they don’t love gay people because that’s just hateful” I just may scream out loud. I get being a non-believer and not knowing or understanding the will of God. But shouldn’t COMMON SENSE dictate that it IS possible to love someone and not agree with them? I can love a murderer and still know that murder isn’t right. Why do gays get a free pass to live foul and bully anyone who doesn’t see eye to eye with their lifestyle? UGGGHHHH! So over that attitude!!! Sorry. Just venting. I’m Christian but I’m also human.