Christian Idol Worshippers

The title of the blog should be an oxymoron but, sadly, it’s not.  The very people who cling so tightly to their God-given commandments are often the very ones to break the first one.  “Thou shalt have no other gods before thee.” Exodus 20:3 KJV describes the word ‘idol’ as: any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion.  One need only check the Twitter status of someone such as Michael W. Smith to see he has over 221,000 ‘followers’.  Chris Tomlin, over 273,000.  Kirk Cameron has over 270,000 followers on Facebook as well as John Piper, over 204,000.  The list goes on and on.  That’s just a short taste of some well known Christians that people follow.  It’s almost virtually impossible to tell how many Christian followers there are of secular artists and speakers who have followings in the 7 digit range.

One may argue that simply ‘following’ someone on Twitter or Facebook does not deem them as worshipping.  Again, describes ‘worship’ as: to show profound religious devotion and respect to; adore or venerate; to be devoted to and full of admiration for; have or express feelings of profound admiration.  Read through the posts on either site and it becomes glaringly apparent there definitely is some idolizing and/or worshipping going on there. 

What may make the situation of ‘following’ even more dangerous in our Christian walk is what we’re doing to those very Christian people we follow.  As their popularity grows exponentially, so does their difficulty in dealing with something thrust upon them in what, oftentimes, seems to happen overnight.  Just like us ‘regular’ people, they’re to maintain the balance of being in the world but not of the world.  I can’t possibly imagine how one does that when hundreds of thousands of followers hang on their every word, or should I say tweet?  How does one keep a level head when looking out at the throngs of people at a Christian concert with eyes and ears glued to every word or movement made, knowing those people paid up to $50 just to hear them?  Fifty hard-earned dollars just to hear a performance full of blaring music, special effects, sometimes full choirs and orchestras as back-up!?  No.  No idol worshipping going on there.

Don’t get me wrong.  I am very blessed by some wonderful Christian movies that, yes, I paid $8.50 to see.  And yes, I love to hear praise and worship music from some very fine artists who do have to make a living.  But seriously … do we need to do what God’s word warned us NOT to do and elevate these people to ‘idol’ status?  It can’t prove fruitful to our Christian walk, or theirs.  Let’s keep focused on the one and only person who deserves following.  Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


About Rose M

God first, always. Husband, family and all else a blessing, even the Lupus.
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3 Responses to Christian Idol Worshippers

  1. Pingback: The Twitter Trap | Rose Michels – A pilgrim on the narrow path.

  2. Henry says:

    Thanks for dropping by my blog few months ago. I thought I would visit yours in kind to see what you were up to. The post in particular resonates with me and makes a very good read. I wrote along similars in a post titled “Christianity, A Personality Cult” a while back. Many church folk have sadly replaced Christ with the man in the pulpit – the local church, or the “two or three gathered together’ no longer fits the bill for church in their eyes. They must instead chase after a popular personality who is posted on bill boards or broadcast on TV thus worshipping the created rather than the Creator. Keep up the good work though.

    • Rose M says:

      Henry, thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. I don’t get many comments so I love when I open my inbox to see one. 🙂 I’m pretty sure I followed yours but will check it out again … especially the one you spoke of. God bless you abundantly, Henry.

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