The phrase “Christian Celebrity” has been running through my head this week.
Let’s break those two words down first. (thank you Dictionary.com)
|a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Christ
a famous or well-known person
The reason I wanted to make the definitions of those two words known is because I think this phrase is open season to whatever anyone considers either “Christian” or “Celebrity”
We see stars in magazines and hear stories on the news and tack our own agenda to what we consider “celebrity” and usually find a way to either glorify or degrade the “celebrity” we are discussing (often as if we actually knew them)
I’ve always tried my hand at a lot of things in hopes that someone would notice and take a chance on me. From songwriting, to writing, to recording to acting; I’ve honed and polished my crafts in attempt to extend my creativity to the masses. To be honest I want to be bigger than Elvis, but my reasoning has been slowly changing from my high school days when I’d audition for films and such.
My hearts desire is to make the name of Jesus Christ famous
That sentence is so loaded it’s not even funny. It’s so hard to even write that, let alone live it. To live that sentence means something totally different than you would normally think.
You see making the name of Jesus Christ famous doesn’t mean walking a red carpet, dropping a hit record or even getting thousands of hits on your blog/day. Making the name Jesus Christ famous requires one thing:
23Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.
You will make the name of Jesus Christ famous by every word you utter, twitter, or type; by every glance you give, shoot or take; and by every situation you react, let alone, or respond to.
There will be people who make the name of Jesus famous through their art, words, hands, thoughts and there is nothing wrong with that.
In fact there are people who do that quite well! Here’s some links for you to explore Anne Jackson, Carlos Whittaker, and Donald Miller.
These are people I would consider “Christian Celebrities” not because they’re followed everywhere by the paparazzi or have billions of followers on twitter, but because they are making the name Jesus Christ famous by what they do.
Anyone can be famous. Susan Boyle is famous. Perez Hilton is famous. Shoot, even the PC guy on the Mac commercials is famous.
Being famous doesn’t mean anything.
Jesus means everything.
Make Jesus famous today by what you say, blog, teach, think, look at, hear, listen to and promote.