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“Celebrity Christians”

“Celebrity Christians”

By John Livingston Clark

There are plenty of “celebrity Christians.” These are the the sports figures, musicians, television stars, and media personalities who refer to themselves as being Christians. They are in a position to be a public example of what a Christian really is, but how many of them are giving people a true representation of what it means to be one?

The problem is that the word “Christian” means different things to different people, so it must be defined. In his most recent book Billy Graham defines it this way. “Until you have surrendered to Christ by a conscious act of your will, you are not a Christian.” So, a Christian is not one who simply goes to church, reads the Bible, or does good deeds, but one who has turned his or her life over to the control of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, through a conscious act of will. It is so easy, though, for a celebrity who professes to be a Christian to reinforce the world’s view of what a Christian is. That is true of each of us, but especially of those who are in the public eye.

Another question to ask is whether or not they know what the Bible teaches and are living accordingly? After all, the Bible is supposed to be a Christian’s “textbook for life.” It tells us our beliefs and how we should live our lives. Beliefs, behavior, and lifestyle should be consistent with one’s profession of faith.

We are not to call ourselves Christians and then compromise our beliefs with the world. If the Bible clearly states that something is wrong, then it is wrong, period! As someone once said, “When the Bible makes a statement with a period, don’t replace it with a question mark.” Compromise is really the same as conformity. There really is no in-between. As Christians, we are not to be conformed to the world’s ways and thinking but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

There are some recent examples of celebrities who have been very vocal about their Christian convictions. James Dobson of “Family Talk” is one who has refused to back down in the face of much resistance. The Benham brothers with the HGTV cancellation have made their Christian beliefs very clear. Then there is Steve Green of Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, who have both spoken out for their Christian faith.

Others who claim to be Christians have seemed to have a total disregard for what the Bible teaches, if they even know. A member of the Christian band “Jars of Clay,” recently said, “I don’t particularly care about Scripture’s stance on what is ‘wrong.’ I care more about how it says we should treat people.” There was also the recent flip-flop of World Vision.

The culture is getting mixed messages about what a Christian is. Celebrities have a golden opportunity to have a testimony for their faith but some are giving way to accepted cultural beliefs. There is no such thing as a “perfect Christian” and that applies to each of us, but people who profess to be one and are in the public spotlight have a greater opportunity to communicate with huge numbers of people.

Unfortunately, some “Christian” celebrities have given the impression, or have come right out and said, that they either do not know what the Bible teaches or plain don’t care. If that is the case, they should not call themselves Christians. Others say they are Christians but then turn right around and support social issues that the Bible clearly teaches against, as was the case recently with country superstar Carrie Underwood. The ones that are taking a stand with uncompromising convictions are to be commended and supported. In every case, how many “celebrity Christians” have specifically stated that they have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Not very many. Celebrities either need to refrain from calling themselves Christians or take a bold stand against the beliefs and ways of the culture, and that can apply to each of us.

About John Clark

John Livingston Clark is 74 years of age and lives in central Washington State. He has written two published books, and two published poems. His initial book is called, " God's Healing Hope: Breaking the Strongholds of Wrong Thinking." His second book, released in December of 2016, is a motivational book written to seniors titled, " Seniors: Are You Retiring or Recharging?" Both books are available on amazon. You can also view his writings on www.faithwriters.com. His “Poem For Senior Citizens” is in the 5th spot on FW.

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  1. This is an excellent article, John. It is so true, a lot of people say, “Oh, yes, I am a Christian” and turn around and take the Lord’s name in vain. A Christian respects God and Christ. This is one of the commandments, “Do not take the Lord’s name in vain.” Like you said, Christians live what the Bible says. It’s not enough to just quote it–God tells us how to live for our own good. Everyone needs boundaries and guidance. God is Sovereign–His authority is over everyone. A Christian fears Him with awe and wants to please Him by obeying and doing His will. I hope a lot of people see this article and realize that not everyone who says they are a Christian doesn’t make them one.

  2. It breaks the heart of God when we break his commands. Unfortunately, it is not just those in the public eye. We have ALL broken His heart. Recently God has convicted me about my own attitude toward those whose behavior has disappointed me. Although I am to be an ambassador for Christ in the world, He reminded me that HE is the one who reveals Himself. I thank God for His mercy and patience with me as my faith grows and I learn His ways. He is showing me how much we need to pray for the Holy Spirit to awaken the hearts of those who ‘believe’ but have not experience sanctification.

  3. Great article, John! Paragraph 3 is a whole series of messages in itself! So much in life really is “black or white,” and a stand must be taken.

    We must resist the temptation to change standards because we may be accused of being judgmental. That is one of Satan’s biggest tempters.

    Thanks for a well-put together word for today! BTW: love the beach pic!

  4. You made a very valid point Joel.

    But what I realize is that the society’s view of Christianity is entirely different from the true meaning of the word.

    They merely see Christianity as a form of “Religion,” just like Buddhism or Judaism. So people will consider themselves Christians if they believe in God, attend church, and pray every now and then. It is not just celebrities, but several people tend to embrace Christianity half halfheartedly.

  5. Thanks for all the kind words. I did put a lot of effort into this article. I am grateful that I clearly communicated the points that all of you mentioned. John

  6. John, I appreciate you writing this article. I become so frustrated when someone especially those in the public eye, who claim to be Christians yet only for the tag of the name. So many good points are made here. I pray for those celebrates who are strong in their convictions when they first become famous but then forget who placed them on their podium to begin with only to discover that they have been consumed by the world and have stolen a piece of God’s heart. A decision for Christ is not wishy washy. You have to be either all in or out. God bless.

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