As I sat listening to Beth Moore speak about how obsessed American culture is with fame and celebrities, I nodded in agreement. “Been there, done that.” I thought. But you know what gets me the most? Is the way tween time is geared to “being a rock star.”
If you happen to walk by the TV at any time when Nick is playing their tween/teen shows, everybody is or wants to be a rock star. Even toys are geared towards it. (Bratz Dolls, anybody?) What are they trying to say? You are basically a “nobody” if you aren’t a rock star? Give me a break! C’mon, America, wake up!
There is so much more to life than aspiring to be a star or the apparent latest craze of being a celebrities’ assistant. Take the newest commercial for some product (never made far enough in to figure out what it was for) where some guy is flying around town picking up products and packages and delivering them to Mariah Carey’s hotel room. She arrives and blows him a kiss. I’m throwing up at this point and as I walk out of the room, I hear him go, “Dude, I just made out with Mariah Carey.” Is THAT what we want our children to grow up to be? Are we really dumbing down that much that we want to be the gum on the bottom of someone else’s shoe?
I can really get on a soap box with this one because it just gripes me to see young people clamoring for stardom. The Bible teaches us that whoever wants to be first should be last. Jesus Christ proved that with his perfect model of servanthood while He was on this planet. He should be our hero. He should be who we aspire to be like. He exhibited gentleness, love and self control in the midst of the most excruciating pain and agony anyone has ever endured at the hands of men.
What happened to honorable professions? What happened to honor and self-respect? I sometimes wonder if people want to be “rock stars” because they can pretty much get away with acting crazy and call it “art.” They are looked upon as royalty in this country, which is really sad because if you look at most of their lives, they are hardly honorable lives. They may be filthy rich, but money can’t fix everything. Broken homes and relationships, alcoholism, workaholism and drugs are rampant among Hollyweird’s elite. They can’t cope so they find an outlet, which usually is not healthy.
Our whole entertainment industry has fallen into the sick and twisted. There are very few decent shows to watch that don’t include violence, drugs, alcohol, free-range sex supposedly without consequences (so unlike real life). And the language! My husband and I put in an action flick the other night and we weren’t 15 minutes into it when he turned it off. The language was the “f” word every other word and it was almost downright porn. I wish I could shake my head and etch-a-sketch that stuff out but it’s there.
We are what we put into our bodies both physically and mentally. Trash in – – trash out. Once you get an image in your head, it is hard to just shake it off and go on as if you had never seen it.
If people in this country would repent, begin to read their Bibles again and pray, we would see some radical changes here—for the better. Gentleness, kindness, self-control, honesty…wouldn’t it be great to see those traits regularly in folks?
Be blessed in the Lord!