Every generation has it’s designated “famous Christians”. Right now someone is inserting “Tebowing” into the dictionary as a synonym for prayerful awesomeness (or awesome prayerfulness). Justin Bieber just got a new Jesus tattoo. The Famous Christian Fantasy Team (FCFT) is looking great this year. (For a while, the only starter we had on the team was the “other” sort-of-famous-Baldwin-Brother.)
So how do you react as a Christian when your friends talk about the latest Famous Christian that thanks their “Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” at the awards show?
If you go critical and disparage famous Christians, question whether they are “real Christians”, congratulations-you’ve just reinforced to your friends that all christians are judgemental jerks.
If you scream like a tween girl at a um…yeah..Justin Bieber concert at the very mention of a Famous Christian, jump on the bandwagon with both feet…you probably come off as screwy as the Guy who is just a little TOO invested in his fantasy football team.
Maybe the best play would be for forget that Famous Christians are famous. Maybe we should just be happy when people speak well of Jesus because of them, and forgive them when they fall short of the false image of perfection that has been placed on them by well-meaning fans. What if we quit the “Famous Christian Fantasy Team” and actually got out in our neighborhood and played the whole “you-are-the-light-of-the-world” thing ourselves.
I’ve got a feeling that just might work…
4 Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him judge whether they are right or wrong. And with the Lord’s help, they will do what is right and will receive his approval. Romans 14:4