As I listened to a news story about yet another celebrity who had succumb to a drug addiction relapse I realized, “We are not meant to be worshiped.” Wonder why stars kill themselves or shave their heads for no reason? Humans were never meant to be worshiped. 

Mankind is wired to worship. We long to worship a caring, all-powerful, all-knowing, protector and lover of our souls. We crave for someone to love us completely and unconditionally. Typically, we put a human in this position. We worship them and they inevitably fall from the pedestal we placed them on. They withdraw under the pressure and expectations of our worship.

So why do our celebrities go mad? Imagine the pressure of being worshipped by millions of people! They simultaneously crave adoration and yet are terrified of not living up to impossible, societal expectations of being perfect and perfect-looking. Anorexia, drug-addiction and arrests ensue and we drool over their pathetic lives 24 hours a day. A sick and seductive cycle.

Christians are just as prone to worship idols as unbelievers, aren’t we? Having been rescued from captivity and we straddle the line, worshiping God and our idols with a divided heart.

“They worshiped the LORD, but they also served their own gods in accordance with the customs of the nations from which they had been brought.”  2 Kings 17:33

He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; 
       he cannot save himself, or say, 
       “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”

Isaiah 44:20