• The Irony of Christian Celebrity

  • [EDITOR'S NOTE: I wrote an article for Relevant Magazine's ministry mag, Neue, on the irony of Christian celebrity. Here is a brief excerpt. Sections of the article are more fully developed in Secondhand Jesus . For the full article, click the link below.]

    "We have nicer words that cloak our pursuits, making us believe they are godly. Influence. Platform. The opportunity to reach more people. These seem noble and Christian, sanctioned, nay, commissioned, by God. But in an age where we have more mega-churches than ever before but fewer people who go to church, where we have record-breaking, best-selling Christian authors and yet a majority of our culture who don’t recognize their names, we must ask ourselves a few gut-level questions:

    What if our desire to “make an impact” is really a form of grasping for immortality?

    What if our quest for influence is actually another way of chasing fame?

    What if our efforts to “expand the Kingdom” are really monuments to our entrepreneurial skills?

    What if, in the name of building platforms to proclaim the Gospel, we have elevated people into Christian celebrities?

    What if we’ve added God to a crowded house of idols, the idols of fame and success?

    I have heard people say they want to make Jesus famous. I think that sounds wonderful, but I’m not sure Jesus wants the help. The irony is that while He was on earth, Jesus had plenty of opportunities to become famous, to leverage His influence for the Kingdom. And yet He resisted.

    It's not enough to do God's work. We must do it in God's way."

    Read the FULL article here: http://www.mygazines.com/issue/7039/36

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