In our world, if it can be sold, there’s someone selling it and a celebrity promoting it. The marketing machine of our culture is so normal to us that we rarely stop to reflect how mad we’ve gone.
This was highlighted to me the other day when I saw this article from My Christian Daily: “Prince Harry – Do good in your local church.”
I can almost see the frenzied Christian excitement as Prince Harry, a real celebrity, endorsed the church ‘brand.’
On one level it makes me roll my eyes, on another it causes me deep concern.
First, we need to be far more discerning about whom we follow. Are Christians really holding Prince Harry up as an example of someone from whom we should take life guidance? If not, then we shouldn’t grab on to one little thing he says that happens to suit our purpose and promote the heck out of it.
Second, and more importantly, why is it such a big deal when a celebrity says something that God already said? Does that really confirm it as good advice? The Bible is the word of our creator. It is unsurpassed in wisdom and power and truth. Bono, or Lady Gaga or Bear Grylls or Prince Harry cannot come close to adding to the credibility of anything that God himself has said.
The Bible stands alone. I will celebrate if they submit to it, but I will never need them to endorse it.