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
Dictionary.com 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, Dictionary.com 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.