A Hero in the Faith

“So the last will be first, and the first will be last” (Matthew 20:16)

We live in a celebrity culture. We value fame and reward people of fame with a certain amount of power, prestige, and possessions. Fame equals success and success equals fame. I don’t agree with that idea, and I bet you don’t either, but it impossible to deny that our culture is infatuated with fame.

The church world is not exempt from this infatuation.

We have our share of celebrities! Tim Tebow, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Joel Olsteen, Billy Graham, Matt Redmman, Toby Mac, Rob Bell, and John Piper, just to name a few.

Success, in the Christian world, is often based on the size of your church, how many books or cds you have sold, what conferences you are invited to…basically,  how famous you are, how many people know your name. Please understand, I believe most celebrity Christians don’t enjoy celebrity, and most will tell you not to look to them, but to Jesus. But we, the average Christian, celebrate celebrity.

Our attitude of celebrity is the exact opposite of Jesus’ attitude. Continue reading