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Are You Afraid You’re Idolizing Your Favorite Celeb?

Many of us have celebrities we like, look up to and even emulate. Some of my favorite celebs are Tim Tebow, Carrie Underwood and Kirk Cameron. I like them for different reasons and feel they inspire goodness. But as much as I like these celebs, I know I am not so enamored by them that I idolize them.

I only have one idol–Christ. He is my one and only. He is the one I look up to. He’s the one I want to know everything about. He’s the one I put before everything. And He’s the one I aspire to be like.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments (Exodus 20:3-6).

Christ is my idol because He asked me to put Him first. I know if I put Him first, I will please Him. And in pleasing Christ, I also will please those I love, because by aspiring to be like Christ, I will be aspiring to be the best person I can be–the best wife, the best mother and the best friend.

If you believe you may be idolizing your favorite celeb and are desperate to pull back, then consider the following tips.

  • Be honest with yourself. This may sound easier than it actually is. It’s often difficult to see fault in ourselves, especially when that fault is stimulating and addictive. But until you recognize the fault and accept that it’s a problem, you can’t make any positive strides to move forward.
  • Pray. Calling out to Christ and asking for His help should be your first action. He understands what you’re going through and He’s waiting to help you–you just need to ask.
  • Limit yourself. When a celeb becomes an idol in your eyes, then they take over your life. You want to know everything about them. But you need to back off and place them at a normal distance.
  • Introduce different interests into your life. If you have a variety of interests, then one thing in particular won’t be able to consume your life. Get involved in a sport, a youth group or a hobby.
  • Learn who you are and what you love. Often when you idolize a celebrity, you lose yourself because all you’re focused on is your celeb and everything he or she cares about.
  • Understand that you are special and unique. You are not the person you idolize and even though you may believe they’re so amazing, they should not consume you or hide the person God created you to be.
  • Get your priorities straight. Don’t be so focused on your celebrity that you forget about your family or fail to focus on school, friends and other aspects of your life. Switch the energy you’re currently putting into the Internet, movies, television and magazines and refocus it where it’s needed.

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen (1 John 5:21).

There is so much good in putting Christ first and making Him your idol. But when worldly things and people such as celebrities are placed in front of Christ, only bad comes from it. We lose sight of it all, and most importantly, we lose sight of Christ.

When you love a celebrity so much you know their every move, surround yourself with them, try to be like them and believe they can do no wrong–even when they do–then your love has become idolatry.

PI girls, do you fear you may be idolizing your favorite celeb?

Image: carrieunderwoodofficial.com

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  1. SereneInChrist

    Posted by SereneInChrist on September 25, 2014 at 19:07

    I fear I might idolize Johnny Depp, I mean, I think he’s so mysterious and a unqiue actor and johnny is personally my favorite actor and I always seem really interested whenever I see a movie that he might play in. Also, I think it might be because when I was younger and started watching the pirates of the caribbean that the series connects with a comforting memory of my childhood along with the fact that he looks- like different, if that makes sense, he just seems like you cant spot out a copy cat of johnny depp, even though I know that depp is in a lot of bad movies as well, I fear I might have a blind adortion of that guy. What do I do? Its not like I constantly watch the guy’s movies or anything, but when I do see a movie of his thats rated pg-13, I totally refuse to not check it out. Or when I see an interview ever so often on tv, I just right away watch it. So when I do hear something about johnny depp, Im really interested.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Clare1394 on October 15, 2012 at 18:27

    Thank you i needed to read this! my obsession with one direction has gone a bit too far! i still need help though but im working on it! they are just to darn cute and their accents are amazing! but i know i know i need to get myself together!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Tipa on February 28, 2013 at 10:21

      Omg i am totally with you! I love them :-/

  3. vsmith21

    Posted by vsmith21 on October 10, 2012 at 16:39

    I love Taylor Swift and have all of her music and listen to it a lot, and would love to go to her concerts and maybe even meet her but she doesn’t consume my every waking thought. She is my favorite secular artist, but I have many christian favorites such as Britt Nicole, Chris Tomlin, TobyMac, Casting Crowns and Phil Wickham. I do love country music though. But I love listening to my worship playlist for my daily quiet times.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by ShaeNikole on October 5, 2012 at 15:45

    Oh my gish! I used to ADORE Taylor Swift! Yes I still like her, but I will always love Go more! ❤❤❤

  5. Lexi7

    Posted by Lexi7 on October 2, 2012 at 18:42

    At one point, I got that obsessed with Adele. Then, eventually, I realized what I was doing, and stepped back from her a little bit, so that I could concentrate more on Christ, and not just Adele. I still like her music, but there are definitely singers who I like more than her. Not only that, but there is my idol who I love more than anybody: Jesus! 🙂

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by leslierue on October 2, 2012 at 18:06

    Personally, I don’t like when someone says that a celebrity is their idol…though I have friends who don’t get why even after I explain it to them.

  7. horselover0509

    Posted by horselover0509 on October 2, 2012 at 16:46

    yah. i love harry potter. (especially emma watson) 🙂 🙂 but i can do other stuff and i am not constantly thinking about it.

  8. Paris

    Posted by Paris on October 2, 2012 at 01:11

    Very well written! That’s what’s wrong with the world today,people idolizing people and not Christ. If everyone in the world made Christ their idol,this world would be perfect.

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by maryalice124 on October 1, 2012 at 20:01

    I completely agree with what you’re saying! This summer I was obsessed with Justin Bieber, but then I had to step back and realize that he is just a person and he is not perfect but God is. I realized that God deserves the most attention in my life and that He should be first!

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by FreakGleek on October 1, 2012 at 18:45

    I agree with @Musician4Life, What if you do LOVE an actor/singer but don’t put them above God? I know everything I can about a certin Celeb but I don’t put him above mt faith, above alot of other things but never God. Is it still bad?

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by YouHadMeAt_Believe on October 1, 2012 at 16:38

    I love this 😀 OMG, i LOVE LOVE LOVE Carrie Underwood 😀 But don’t worry, I actually don’t idolize ANY artist or celeb lol, i barely know anything about anything, all i know is if their American, or Canadian, or British, and AROUND what age they are, and thats it XD lol

  12. soccersk8r14

    Posted by soccersk8r14 on October 1, 2012 at 16:10

    thank you so much i really needed this!:)

  13. Musician4Life

    Posted by Musician4Life on October 1, 2012 at 09:21

    So….what if you know everything about them, but they don’t take up all your time and they’re not the center of attention? Like this singer I love isn’t in my thoughts day and night, and he doesn’t take my mind off God when I’m at church or quiet time. Is it still wrong that I like him so much?