As a child, I enjoyed wondering if my favorite actors, musicians, and other celebrities might be Christians. Then I grew up and learned the Biblical principle that you will know them by their fruit (Luke 6:43). It became pretty clear which celebrities were saved and which weren’t.
Many Christians do not seem to grasp the principle that the actions of celebrities will generally show what is in their hearts. They haphazardly claim various celebrities as one of their own, while refusing to look at the actions of the celebrities.
What does their life revolve around?
Or imagine an actor who regularly stars in R-rated movies filled with extreme foul language, sex scenes, nudity, and gratuitous violence. But if he sometimes makes vague spiritual statements about Jesus in between “f” words in interviews, many people will decide he’s a Christian.
I’m not saying for certain that such people aren’t saved. All I’m saying is that, if they keep living the same way without a change, the evidence starts mounting that they aren’t saved. An encounter with God will change how you live.
Jesus said that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments (John 14:21). This doesn’t mean that we will keep them perfectly. We’ll fail sometimes. But if peoples’ entire lives revolve around sin, a bit of superficial spirituality does not change the reality of their lack of repentance.
Who should be called by God’s name?
Whatever the cause, it is foolish for Christians, including those in the Christian media, to cling desperately to every wearing of a cross, mention of God, prayer, Bible reading, and other similar activities among Godless celebrities.
There are indeed some celebrities who claim to be Christians and whose actions show that they are seeking to live out their faith, and it’s fine to be interested in them. They can use our encouragement, and we can often learn from them, including from their mistakes.
We must be discerning, however, about what celebrities we consider Christians (1 Corinthians 5:11-13). If they are not living as children of God, then we have no reason to believe they are saved. Only those who are truly trusting in and seeking to be like Jesus should be called by His name.
Do you agree?