It seems like America is a little too enamored with superstar Christians. Perhaps you’ve noticed how excited some Christians get when they find out their favorite athlete or singer makes claims of being a “Christian.” On one had this is disturbing because it seems to elevate one person in the Kingdom above another. For example, why is it so exciting for your favorite quarterback to be a Christian, and not as exciting to find out your next door neighbor is? Shouldn’t it be just as exciting to us if a farmer, or a mechanic, or a plumber comes to Christ? Yet for many, it seems that this pales in comparison to their favorite singer throwing out the name “Jesus” in an interview.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad when famous Christians are willing to use their platform as a witness; and indeed they should. But their faith is no better than the “nobody” who lives next door. It just seems that the world makes more of it because they are famous.
On another note, sometimes the claims of Christianity don’t line up with the actions. What do we make of these situations? A football player thanks “Jesus” in the postgame interview, then promptly goes out and impregnates his 7th or 8th different woman this year. Or a singer boasts of their “faith” right before they write another song that glorifies sex and jokes about drunkenness. Do you see the disconnect here? Jesus spoke of the false prophets by saying, “you will know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:16) This is likewise true of so called Christians, rather they be famous or not.
My advice would be this: Don’t be enamored with the superstar, be enamored with the Savior. Just because someone reaches a level of fame doesn’t make them any less sinful and depraved than you. And if God’s saving grace extends to them, then it isn’t any more glorious than when he saved you. The sinner who has been saved is not to be the focus of adoration. The Savior who saved is.
The days are coming, and are now here, when genuine Christianity will be tested. Truly following Christ will not make you a superstar, it will make you hated. At least according to Jesus. (see John 15:18) When the chips are down and Christians are called to take a legitimate stand on a moral issue, many of the superstar Christians will suddenly become mealy-mouthed cowards because they would rather protect their image in the world than stand for the gospel of Christ. (see Romans 1:16) And many Christians whom you’ve never heard of will take a stand and suffer the consequences for the name of Jesus. Forget the superstars and focus your life on the Savior. Be willing to live and die for him, then gladly embrace the consequences of following Christ in a world that hates him.