If you have missed the recent cultural shift, you need to get out more. America is undergoing a seismic event: the unveiling and unraveling of the beautiful, facade of celebrity. The list of Hollywood elite and formerly untouchable politicians being outed as perverts and sexual abusers is growing by the day.
Why are we surprised that the rich and powerful culture shapers are perverts? Have you been paying attention to their product? It’s no wonder that every form of base behavior is represented in their artistic offerings… it reflects the moral corruption within their own human hearts –and ours. Yes, we are all guilty of indulging in the fantasy of their idol worship. We love to worship idols. We’ve been doing it forever, and the bible makes it clear that it’s what happens naturally when men abandon God.
“For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks…”
“…and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man…” –Romans 1:23
Is there any argument that the progression described in Romans 1, is exactly what we have seen in our culture? We exchange God for an idol… a human one, and the result is a death spiral into sin and sexual perversion…
“For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.” –Romans 1:26-27
And this perfectly describes America today.
What about the church, are we any better? How many Pastors have we seen fall, either to sexual immorality or other misbehavior? I won’t bother to list the names, but it includes some real “formerly good men” -succumbed as it were, to all forms of human corruption.
As the church watches these things, I hope we understand, that culturally, we are as much to blame as those who live outside of the family of God -to the extent that we have financially backed the sin-glorifying creation of our idols.
It’s time for the church to also take a look within our own culture. We have our own idols, some fallen, some who live on. A common denominator among the fallen, is a culture of celebrity that covers the sins of the idol and keeps fresh makeup on his image. It’s time for a change.
Let’s reject celebrity, and let’s embrace authenticity when we see it. And let’s hope for better days, where sin is not covered with fear and silence, but exposed and repented of.