If you’re a regular on the Project Inspired website, you will have read many blogs that question the acts of celebrities like Lady Gaga and Joe Jonas. Oftentimes we receive comments from readers that accuse us of bashing these celebrities. “Who are you to judge?” and “Aren’t you being un-Christian,” are just a couple of comment examples.
Recently Nicole wrote, Why God Instructs Us to Judge Unrighteous Acts. The biggest misconception on this site is that we judge people. The truth is that we judge actions. We cannot determine right from wrong if we cannot judge conduct.
Matthew 7:16 -“Ye shall know them by their fruits.”
Gaga’s words vs. her actions, Joe Jonas’ collaborations, or Nicki Minaj’s music, are all examples of actions. We judge these actions and we leave our opinion open for question. Why? Because questions lead to valuable discussions.
The reality is that many teens pick celebrities to be their role models. Whether they like to or not, celebrities influence the actions of these young teens in their own lives. Therefore, it’s also our responsibility as Christians to expose bad behavior of celebrities when we see it, with the hope that they’re not emulated.
Ephesians 5:11 -“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
And then we try to refocus that attention on Him. He is the real celebrity. The only one who should inspire and guide us. Jesus Christ.
All comments are welcome at Project Inspired, even the ones that criticize our blog posts. Although we appreciate the agreements and the thanks in our positive comments –keep them coming please—we are also grateful for the opinions in the negative comments. Contrasting ideas create discussion, and that is what we are promoting with every subject that we introduce.
The reason why we encourage discussion on Project Inspired is so that we can reflect these controversial questions in our own everyday lives. Oftentimes, we are led by peer pressure from friends, or we aspire to be just like our favorite celebrities, without ever wondering if they are doing something wrong. We become blind to their faults because we are so in awe of them.
1 Corinthians 15:33 -Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
For example, Joe Jonas‘ collaboration with talented, but unsavory people and the question of whether he should pursue them, reflects our own choices when it comes to friendships. Should we befriend unsavory people, even if they inspire us? Is it okay to be friends with someone who is a talented dancer even if she is a bully? Is it okay to befriend someone who claims to be a Christian but who blasphemes and tells grotesque jokes about Christians? These are questions that we bring up in our articles and discuss with you.
So in short, our judgments of controversial actions open questions that lead to discussions, and discussions allow us to make decisions. Your life will be filled with controversy and hopefully Project Inspired provides a forum for you to practice the art of open and honest discussion.
Thank you to all our commenters for being part of these conversations and providing valuable peer insight. We appreciate your views and hope that you continue to be a part of the discussion. All we ask is that you remain honest and true. And remember, Jesus Christ should be in the forefront of all our decisions, for He is the number one celebrity. God bless you all.
Written by T.M. Gaouette
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