You know how most actors who win an award thank God in their speeches? A lot of the time it’s said because it’s a common phrase. No one really thinks twice about it.
However, something changes when a celebrity publicly proclaims their belief in God. Both non-Christians and Christians go on defense. Non-Christians think it’s all a joke, while Christians start nitpicking the actions this celebrity has done and how they can’t possibly be a good Christian.
Commentary goes on back and forth from both sides. It’s a bit disheartening. Christianity is already shown in a somewhat negative way in the media. Despite what we read, we will truly never know the person. They may fall and stumble and many, including Christians, scoff and say “I told you so.”
So what am I trying to get at? I’m saying to give celebrities and everyone in the public eye the benefit of the doubt. Celebrities are in a unique position because their lives are out for everyone to see. We all have pressures and temptations and they have to deal with them on a large scale. Whether we like it or not, celebrities speaking on their faith are the closest many will be to hearing about God.
What can you do? Pray for them. As Christians, we should cheer someone in their walk and if they’re stumbling, pray for them some more. They will eventually have to make the choice in committing fully or not.
At the end of the day, we must remember that God’s word can change everyone. The seed will always be planted in their hearts once its heard. So keep praying. Pray for those you don’t know. Pray for the ones you do. Pray and encourage, instead of rolling your eyes at their mistakes.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. | James 5:16 NIV