Why is Project Inspired so obsessed with celebrities?
I write some of the culture shock posts here on Project Inspired, and a lot of them are focused on celebrity news.
Do I really care about these celebrities and what they do? If so, does that make me obsessed?
The truth is, I don’t so much care about what celebrities do, but rather how Christian teens are influenced by them and what they do. And so I write about them, because you care.
I like to introduce entertainment news and use it as an example for Christian girls to ponder and discuss.
It’s not a bad thing to look up to a celebrity, to follow a celebrity’s modest dress style, or emulate some positive characteristics or interests. In fact, we at Project Inspired also feature positive stories about celebrities. But as we have seen many times, even some good celebs turn bad. And what if that leads young girls who look up to them to begin mirroring behavior that is no longer reflective of Christian values?
The reality is that many young girls discover a celebrity they like, fall in love with them, and then continue to follow them and defend them, even when their behavior turns bad. They either assume that everything they do is okay or justify it in some way, and then go on to copy it.
And this is the most important aspect when it comes to emulating a celebrity and the reason why we use them as examples. We base their behavior according to Christ’s teaching. Personally, I like to give my take on the behavior, if I can, because that usually prompts a discussion.
Celebrities influence so many aspects of a young girl’s life, from fashion to attitudes about God. If a popular celeb with a large following of young girls starts dressing provocatively, I’ll write about whether that act follows Christ’s teaching. If a celeb is a huge Christian and praises God continuously, I’ll write about how that act glorifies God. If a celeb loves to give back, I’ll write about how that act pleases God.
Celebrities are often used as examples but ultimately, Christ and His teaching is highlighted. And determining whether a celeb’s action is appropriate for a Christian to emulate is dependent on whether that action would be approved by God.
PI is not obsessed with celebrities. We are obsessed with Christ, and we only offer up celebrities as examples of actions that would displease or please Him. We care because young girls often care too much, and we pray you are not negatively influenced by the actions of celebrities. Our desire is to use celebrities to redirect your attention toward Christ.
Are you obsessed with celebrities? Do you look up to celebrities who are devoted to Christ?
Written by T. M. Gaouette