There have been a few things that our celebrities have said and done, of late, that has brought on much ado in the social media realm. QBs taking a knee, actors lamenting our president-elect, celebs pleading with our electoral college to “vote their conscience”. We as a people have either celebrated them or lambasted them for their public displays. I’ve read often how these people have a responsibility to us, how they shouldn’t do or say these things, or shouldn’t be allowed to. Huh? Wha???
Sorry to say, but it’s their platform, not ours. They can say or do anything within the law. Sure, there might be consequences for their action. People have been fired, etc. But they won’t be going to jail for it. At least not in our country. At least not today.
And I am fascinated at how we as a people REACT to it! We want them to shut up and just do what we pay them to say or do. But we didn’t buy THEM. We bought their services, their entertainment. I may not agree with them – I very often don’t – but let ’em say and do what they are going to say and do. It’s ok, really it is, if your favorite actor doesn’t agree with you on everything, or really – anything. It’s ok if they do or say something stupid – that’s not a reflection of you.
I also find it fascinating, how we will use a celeb as “social media leverage”. I’m guilty of this myself. Sure, if Bono says something that resonates with me, often in a way much more eloquent than I could even think, I’m all about that. I will probably re-post. As will so many others.
Same goes for our celebrities opinions on Trump, Clinton. Obama, Planned Parenthood, gun control, bathrooms, on and on. It’s as if someone I like says something I agree with, now I MUST be right! And we’ll take that and turn it into a meme, so everyone can throw it around. Sorta like when the cool guy says something cool that put the other guy in his place. And we are the little weenie behind them, saying, “Yeah, take THAT!”
And what about what celebs think and say of Jesus?
So often we might hear about how Jesus was a good teacher, a pacifist, almost a zen Buddhist. Not much different than so many of us, who don’t know Him personally. Described in impersonal terms. Described often in positive ways, but rarely or never with a deep reverence. Described almost never as the One True God…
An example, although a bit older, is this. In his post, John Fugelsang describes a Jesus that seems to threaten the Jesus many Christians claim to know. Maybe for some. I don’t know.
But what I do know is Mr. Fugelsang, like so many others who have shared these or similar thoughts, never referred to Jesus as God. He describes Jesus, as if He was just a man, in history, like any other. And I don’t know John, maybe that’s what he thinks? If so – I’m sorry to say John Fugelsang, you do not know Jesus. I could argue that from some of your descriptions – but my point isn’t to refute your descriptions or correct your misconceptions of Jesus. But if you don’t think Jesus is God, you simply do not know Him… And that is so sad…
So, given all this celeb opinion talk of late, I thought I’d spend some time re-posting some comments that Jesus Himself, the ultimate celebrity, made about Himself. These are but a handful, there are so many more. And there are so many descriptions of Jesus in the Gospels. But these are a small handful of descriptions of Jesus, in His own words.
“I am the way and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)
“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Revelation 22:13)
“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58)
The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
Then Jesus declared, “I, the One speaking to you—I am He.” (John 4:25-26)
So these are just a few. There are so many more. I encourage you to read them for yourself. I encourage you to get to know this God, who so loved YOU, that He gave His very life as a ransom for yours. I don’t want you to read about, hear about, some hippie Jesus who may have said some nice things to say, who “never cared about the small stuff”, who “did not judge”.
Nor do I want you to be buried with a Jesus who tells you, “You must clean up your act”, or, “You aren’t good enough”, or, “Try harder”, or, “You know better”. He did not say that.
I want you to know the Jesus who said He came to set the captives free, who said He did not come to condemn the world, but to save it through Him, who says He has loved you with an everlasting love…
We’ll likely be enthralled, or appalled, by the next celebrity speech, or tweet, or action. It’s kinda what we do. But the more we fix our eyes on the One True God, who He is, what He says, maybe – just maybe – the less we’ll focus on our worldly idols.