Walk of Fame: Why Christians love Celebrity

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This is not a slam against one of the greatest evangelists.  Why do we as Christian’s love celebrity?  We often tout people we only read, hear on media or see in large events as mentors, friends and sometimes giants.  Perhaps these should be called our spiritual superheroes?  We fall into the trap of exalting the good-looking, the smooth-tongued and the confident ones.  I know why we as American believers love celebrity:  we hate brokenness. Shame.

(By the way, those sun glasses I am wearing ROCK!)

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

32 comments

  1. This isn’t a new thing. Saul was ‘elected’ by the people, based on his celebrity status. He was nothing more than a “SuperChristian.” It just happens, it is natural. It is dangerous at times (most of the time) but it is natural.

  2. This isn’t a new thing. Saul was ‘elected’ by the people, based on his celebrity status. He was nothing more than a “SuperChristian.” It just happens, it is natural. It is dangerous at times (most of the time) but it is natural.

  3. This isn’t a new thing. Saul was ‘elected’ by the people, based on his celebrity status. He was nothing more than a “SuperChristian.” It just happens, it is natural. It is dangerous at times (most of the time) but it is natural.

  4. This isn’t a new thing. Saul was ‘elected’ by the people, based on his celebrity status. He was nothing more than a “SuperChristian.” It just happens, it is natural. It is dangerous at times (most of the time) but it is natural.

  5. Of course it is nothing new. Good point. I do think that we in America have a greater addiction to it, however, than other cultures of Christianity in time and place. And, with media, we can have spiritual celebrities as an industry far more vast than in the early Church’s days.
    The issue is our fear of being broken in our faith. We have a complex of winning, not an attitude of losing.

  6. Of course it is nothing new. Good point. I do think that we in America have a greater addiction to it, however, than other cultures of Christianity in time and place. And, with media, we can have spiritual celebrities as an industry far more vast than in the early Church’s days.
    The issue is our fear of being broken in our faith. We have a complex of winning, not an attitude of losing.

  7. Of course it is nothing new. Good point. I do think that we in America have a greater addiction to it, however, than other cultures of Christianity in time and place. And, with media, we can have spiritual celebrities as an industry far more vast than in the early Church’s days.
    The issue is our fear of being broken in our faith. We have a complex of winning, not an attitude of losing.

  8. Of course it is nothing new. Good point. I do think that we in America have a greater addiction to it, however, than other cultures of Christianity in time and place. And, with media, we can have spiritual celebrities as an industry far more vast than in the early Church’s days.
    The issue is our fear of being broken in our faith. We have a complex of winning, not an attitude of losing.

  9. I agree, we have a problem in our country.
    I was recently in two different Christian homes for a period of a couple of days, and was shocked at the material that they passed in front of their eyes.

    I continue to forget how sheltered from the world I am just by the simple decision to rid myself of television. I see this as the most obvious way forward from the issue you brought up. Why do we allow ourselves to be influenced in this way? We need to stop.

    I did not make this decision for spiritual reasons, but rather for financial ones (at the time I was in college), once I was married it made little sense for my wife and I to sit in a room together ignoring each other, so we have never had even so much as broadcast tv (only the occasional dvd), it is only in recent years that I have begun to see the spiritual ramifications of such a decision.

  10. I agree, we have a problem in our country.
    I was recently in two different Christian homes for a period of a couple of days, and was shocked at the material that they passed in front of their eyes.

    I continue to forget how sheltered from the world I am just by the simple decision to rid myself of television. I see this as the most obvious way forward from the issue you brought up. Why do we allow ourselves to be influenced in this way? We need to stop.

    I did not make this decision for spiritual reasons, but rather for financial ones (at the time I was in college), once I was married it made little sense for my wife and I to sit in a room together ignoring each other, so we have never had even so much as broadcast tv (only the occasional dvd), it is only in recent years that I have begun to see the spiritual ramifications of such a decision.

  11. I agree, we have a problem in our country.
    I was recently in two different Christian homes for a period of a couple of days, and was shocked at the material that they passed in front of their eyes.

    I continue to forget how sheltered from the world I am just by the simple decision to rid myself of television. I see this as the most obvious way forward from the issue you brought up. Why do we allow ourselves to be influenced in this way? We need to stop.

    I did not make this decision for spiritual reasons, but rather for financial ones (at the time I was in college), once I was married it made little sense for my wife and I to sit in a room together ignoring each other, so we have never had even so much as broadcast tv (only the occasional dvd), it is only in recent years that I have begun to see the spiritual ramifications of such a decision.

  12. I agree, we have a problem in our country.
    I was recently in two different Christian homes for a period of a couple of days, and was shocked at the material that they passed in front of their eyes.

    I continue to forget how sheltered from the world I am just by the simple decision to rid myself of television. I see this as the most obvious way forward from the issue you brought up. Why do we allow ourselves to be influenced in this way? We need to stop.

    I did not make this decision for spiritual reasons, but rather for financial ones (at the time I was in college), once I was married it made little sense for my wife and I to sit in a room together ignoring each other, so we have never had even so much as broadcast tv (only the occasional dvd), it is only in recent years that I have begun to see the spiritual ramifications of such a decision.

  13. Steve,
    I am confused by your statement in regards to the “Love of Christian Celebrities”. Could you clarify why being super proud of our Christian celebrities and abstaining from the immoralities that definitely do get broadcast on a daily basis are connected?

    Thanks!

  14. Steve,
    I am confused by your statement in regards to the “Love of Christian Celebrities”. Could you clarify why being super proud of our Christian celebrities and abstaining from the immoralities that definitely do get broadcast on a daily basis are connected?

    Thanks!

  15. Steve,
    I am confused by your statement in regards to the “Love of Christian Celebrities”. Could you clarify why being super proud of our Christian celebrities and abstaining from the immoralities that definitely do get broadcast on a daily basis are connected?

    Thanks!

  16. Steve,
    I am confused by your statement in regards to the “Love of Christian Celebrities”. Could you clarify why being super proud of our Christian celebrities and abstaining from the immoralities that definitely do get broadcast on a daily basis are connected?

    Thanks!

  17. We definitely put them on a pedastal, don’t we? Maybe it’s for the same reason that we have an entire genre of music called “CCM.” I think we want to show the rest of the world, “See? Our stuff is just as good as your stuff!”

  18. We definitely put them on a pedastal, don’t we? Maybe it’s for the same reason that we have an entire genre of music called “CCM.” I think we want to show the rest of the world, “See? Our stuff is just as good as your stuff!”

  19. We definitely put them on a pedastal, don’t we? Maybe it’s for the same reason that we have an entire genre of music called “CCM.” I think we want to show the rest of the world, “See? Our stuff is just as good as your stuff!”

  20. We definitely put them on a pedastal, don’t we? Maybe it’s for the same reason that we have an entire genre of music called “CCM.” I think we want to show the rest of the world, “See? Our stuff is just as good as your stuff!”

  21. I think you’re right. We do want to see our Christian brothers succeed in front of the rest of the world. We have seen cases of shame in some instances and it is a real blow to our pride. Yes, pride. I think we are proud of our Billy Graham’s. Is that a good thing? It is good to look up to a great role model. We also don’t want to look like fools in the media. Is there such a thing as being proud of someone, in a humble sort of way?

  22. I think you’re right. We do want to see our Christian brothers succeed in front of the rest of the world. We have seen cases of shame in some instances and it is a real blow to our pride. Yes, pride. I think we are proud of our Billy Graham’s. Is that a good thing? It is good to look up to a great role model. We also don’t want to look like fools in the media. Is there such a thing as being proud of someone, in a humble sort of way?

  23. I think you’re right. We do want to see our Christian brothers succeed in front of the rest of the world. We have seen cases of shame in some instances and it is a real blow to our pride. Yes, pride. I think we are proud of our Billy Graham’s. Is that a good thing? It is good to look up to a great role model. We also don’t want to look like fools in the media. Is there such a thing as being proud of someone, in a humble sort of way?

  24. I think you’re right. We do want to see our Christian brothers succeed in front of the rest of the world. We have seen cases of shame in some instances and it is a real blow to our pride. Yes, pride. I think we are proud of our Billy Graham’s. Is that a good thing? It is good to look up to a great role model. We also don’t want to look like fools in the media. Is there such a thing as being proud of someone, in a humble sort of way?

  25. I think we should be proud and inspired, in a “humble way” like Jules says in her comment.
    I am talking about how we take it too far and look to these spiritual celebrities over the real heros that may be the godly older gent in the pew next to us that we have seen live a faithful, productive and excellent life. We would have to accept the scars and pain of this person, since if we knew him well enough, we would see how he is not perfect.

    His words are not edited by a publisher, his looks are not groomed by studio lighting and he is simply a person in the raw. We would have to then believe we are capable of walking in godliness inspite of our brokenness. God’s grace makes us a jar of clay that can actually hold his glory.

  26. I think we should be proud and inspired, in a “humble way” like Jules says in her comment.
    I am talking about how we take it too far and look to these spiritual celebrities over the real heros that may be the godly older gent in the pew next to us that we have seen live a faithful, productive and excellent life. We would have to accept the scars and pain of this person, since if we knew him well enough, we would see how he is not perfect.

    His words are not edited by a publisher, his looks are not groomed by studio lighting and he is simply a person in the raw. We would have to then believe we are capable of walking in godliness inspite of our brokenness. God’s grace makes us a jar of clay that can actually hold his glory.

  27. I think we should be proud and inspired, in a “humble way” like Jules says in her comment.
    I am talking about how we take it too far and look to these spiritual celebrities over the real heros that may be the godly older gent in the pew next to us that we have seen live a faithful, productive and excellent life. We would have to accept the scars and pain of this person, since if we knew him well enough, we would see how he is not perfect.

    His words are not edited by a publisher, his looks are not groomed by studio lighting and he is simply a person in the raw. We would have to then believe we are capable of walking in godliness inspite of our brokenness. God’s grace makes us a jar of clay that can actually hold his glory.

  28. I think we should be proud and inspired, in a “humble way” like Jules says in her comment.
    I am talking about how we take it too far and look to these spiritual celebrities over the real heros that may be the godly older gent in the pew next to us that we have seen live a faithful, productive and excellent life. We would have to accept the scars and pain of this person, since if we knew him well enough, we would see how he is not perfect.

    His words are not edited by a publisher, his looks are not groomed by studio lighting and he is simply a person in the raw. We would have to then believe we are capable of walking in godliness inspite of our brokenness. God’s grace makes us a jar of clay that can actually hold his glory.

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