Hollywood will be Hollywood and men will be men.
Nevertheless, should it be so among us?
And God will be God
Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you know God forbids idolatry. You would never consider such a thing. Yet there remains the ever-changing marque, listing the most popular on-stage figures of the day.
They are highly praised, admired, perhaps even envied. Many never wanted such a limelight, but crowds thrust them into it.
This happens on the big screen and in small local theaters. There is a penchant in man that God was addressing in the commandment to have no idols before Him.
Truly, we need to give honor and respect where it is due. The lifting up of people on pedestals, small or large, really erodes honor and respect in the end however. How you ask?
Take into account the double-edged sword.
Many in Jesus’ day lifted Him very high, for a little while. That is, until it became unpopular to identify with Him. With violence many of these same people cast Him down as they yelled crucify Him!
How many highly esteemed leaders have experienced something similar? I am not speaking of grievous sin, deceit, or unrepentant behavior. For many, is it possible it was a fall from grace only in the eyes of the beholder?
There is an explanation for how this happens, which again may be touching on idolatry.
It happens when we insist that the vessel be the treasure!
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us.iii
We must remember that God intentionally put the treasure in mere clay. We fall into a trap when we desire to put our trust in man. We can see and touch man, trusting an unseen God requires faith. We then expect, perhaps even subtly demand, that the vessel behave, perform and meet our expectations.
This is a trap more common than you may realize. The enemy exploits our error by adding accusation to fuel any negative thoughts about the vessel.
Are you inadvertently searching for the next American Idol?
Are you searching for the perfect vessel?
[i] Exodus 20:3-4