Tonight I went to a concert that some friends put on because they just released their first CD. I love music; especially music that invokes emotions about spirituality and life questions. That doesn’t mean that I don’t listen to anything that is non-philosophical, but I try to stray from listening to pointless musings.
My point is that what and who we listen to can effect us powerfully. I’ve noticed that in the Christian sub-culture that we have created to separate ourselves from “secular” culture a lack of originality, and celebrities. I will leave my first comment open-ended and just say one name: Thomas Kinkade.
Secondly, what this post is more about, Christian celebrities: an oxymoron? This problem is as early as the founding of the church. For example, in 1 Corinthians 1:12, Christians in Corinth were quarreling over who to follow because of their “celebrity status”. Paul wrote, “One of you says, ‘I follow Paul’; another, ‘I follow Apollos’; another, ‘I follow Cephas’; still another, ‘I follow Christ.'” They had associated that following one of these teachers and their wisdom was equivalent with following Christ himself. Sound familiar? Do the names John Piper or Mark Driscoll sound familiar to you?
Back to the question of Christian sub-culture with its many celebrities, what does that communicate to the attitude of making Christ more and becoming less (John 3:30)? Back to my friends (who are nowhere near famous); God used them to show me that when passion and love for God drive a ministry or group of musicians people are drawn to see God through their work or art. If you are doing something unique that garners attention I would encourage you to do your best to stay humble so that your focus is on glorifying God because it will show through in your attitude and the way you handle situations. People don’t need to see Christian celebrities performing, they need to see Christian saints using their gifting to represent Jesus Christ. We are all saints, and God has ordained us for good works in the name of Christ!
Also…shameless plug for my friends music: http://thisislancaster.bandcamp.com/releases