Celebrities, Athletes and Worship
As a college student who is studying Student Ministry I am constantly reminded and I see the idolatry and worship of celebrities and athletes weekly in my youth group. While Paul Tripp addresses worship in his book, Sex and Money I’m going to take this a step further. Youth and young adults in the culture today are figuratively bowing down to these figures because they give hope and a sense of belonging to something. I see this trend with how young teens talk and the way they dress. They are constantly mimicking their favorite celebrities and athletes every move because it makes them feel part of something; as though that they have a purpose. When celebrities and athletes have success, when they do something great, there is a feeling that there is a connection between youth and their favorite celebrities and athletes.
I must admit I can fall into this boat as well especially when it comes to my favorite sports athletes. I too mimic and dress like my favorite baseball players or I want to have the newest sneakers because my favorite athlete has them. I notice this worship in my own life. The fact of the matter is, we should not be putting our hopes and dreams into things that are of this world. When we see teens worship celebrities and athletes it is our job as youth leaders and counselors to show them the right way in helping them understand that it is only Jesus Christ that they should be worshipping and mimicking. A key thing to remember is what the Bible tells us in Leviticus 26:1 “‘Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God.” The only thing that should be worshipped is Jesus Christ. Just as the article above discuss some of the problems of celebrity worship I believe that it is important to diagnose the problem and look for solutions.