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?