Monday, February 13, 2012

The Cost of Celebrity

In the last 12 months, we've seen the messy details surrounding Michael Jackson's death, Amy Winehouse's demise and now Whitney Houston's tragic death as a result of drug addiction. It seems to me that celebrity comes with too high a price tag. And yet this is what the masses strive for - their 15 minutes of fame (Andy Warhol). When and why did becoming a celebrity become a goal? The reality is so different and yet many people continue pursue it like a drug.

I think it is a deceptive objective (a golden calf and false idol) planted in our minds by the Evil One. The quest for celebrity reminds me of the board game 'Snakes and Ladders' and we know what havoc the snake wreaked in the Garden of Eden! People work hard climbing professional ladders or whatever other ladders they can (sometime selling seductive stories to the media etc) to achieve their objective, and when they get to the top and achieve some notoriety, it's not long before they're sliding down the snakes of alcohol, drugs and sexual promiscuity. The sad fact is that once the celebrity has fallen and needs help, they're surrounded by all the wrong kinds of people, who happily pay tribute to them once they're dead! This is celebrity reality. Do you still want your 15 minutes of fame?

Whitney grew up a church-going girl. My prayer is that in those final hours, like the titles of her well known songs, she was able to say to God, 'I look to You. I run to You.' What a Prodigal return that would be. And what a party in heaven would follow!

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