We live in a world full of superstars, paparrazi and are surrounded by fame everywhere we look.
We go to Hollywood hoping to see Brad Pitt.
Or to New York City- crossing our fingers that we see John Mayer on the streets.
We go to concerts wishing on the stars that there is a small chance that we meet the famous celebrity.
We scream at the top of our lungs at every move the super star makes on stage-
standing in awe that we are in the presence of greatness and fame.
We go to the big churches of Sydney to sneak a photo of the musicians that usher us into the presense of God.
As I laid in bed last night tossing and turning a thought came to me: We are glorifying these people.
The people we glorify are normal human beings.
Sure, they may be attractive, talented, or whatever else comes to mind.
But at the end of the day… they are a normal person.
Strip away the paparrazi and the crazy fans and they are normal- just like your typical next door neighbor.
Sidenote: Some of you may have crazy neighbors- but they are the exception. Think: typical.
We go through life- and everyday we make these people more famous by singing their music, discussing how
brilliantly they played a role in a movie, or voicing our admiration for their humanitiarian efforts around the world.
Lady Gaga recently came to Tulsa, Oklahoma- and it was a big deal.
I mean really for anyone to come to Tulsa is a big deal, it’s Oklahoma we are talking about after all.
[Pause: I just wanna say special thank you to the BOK for creating a venue!]
As I watched a video of Lady Gaga’s the countdown to the opening performance I realized something:
Lady Gaga has created an empire for herself.
Whether you are 8 years old or 80 years old- you most likely know this superstar’s name.
The countdown began.
The crowd was roaring with cheers.
The spotlight turned on the superstar.
And there she stood.
Her voice boomed as she stood still, not moving a muscle.
Suddenly, within a blink of an eye- she moved.
She switched positions.
The crowd went wild.
Not because she did anything outrageous or really even noteworthy,
but because she moved.
She held her new position as she belted out the next verse.
And then BOOM.
Again, the crowd went crazy as they cheered.
It struck me as a I sat there watching these videos of Lady Gaga’s performance: we glorify these people to an unreal and unncessary extent.
I think about the Justin Beiber movie that came out- and all the fans that cried in the presence of J Beibs.
Sitting in the movie theater watching scenes flicker across the screen of girls crying and hyperventaliting because they
were so excited to be in the same area as the 16 year old superstar.
There was one scene that left me completely bewildered.
A 13 year old girl had gotten so excited that she had trouble breathing.
The paramedics were called in order to aid the girl.
I do have a point and its this: I think our culture has begun glorifying people more than we glorify our God.
We wish upon the stars to be in the precense of our favorite celebrities,
hoping that if we are lucky enough we’ll get two seconds with them to shake their hand, tell them how amazing they are, get their autograph, and if we are really lucky maybe we’ll even get a photo.
We get so excited about being in their presence that some of us cry, jump up and down, scream at the top of our lungs, or whatever.
The funny thing is- is these people, these celebrities, that we are glorifying haven’t even done anything for us.
They are just a normal person putting their talent to use on a platform.
Here’s what I’m getting at- we have the opportunity to always be in the precense of God.
He’s done the most beautiful thing on our behalf.
Out of his extravagant love for us, he sent His one and only Son as a sacfrice so that we may experience freedom and live.
We ought to live to make HIS name famous- but are we?
Are we getting excited about being in his precense?
Is his mere presence bringing us to tears?
Are we glorifying him the way he deserves to be glorified?
I leave you with a challenge:
Live to make His name famous +
Glorify God in your every movement.
Be exalted, Oh God, above the heavens, let your glory be all over the earth.
Be Inspired + Create