Hero Worship And Fallen Superstars

Robert Strand

Who is your hero? Who do you worship? Who do you want to pattern your life after? Recently...well, it seems to go on forever, the rise and fall of superstars. Most recently it has been the hubbub about the life-style of the world "best" golfer and his infidelities. However, listen to the news...check out the tabloids or "You-Tube" and you discover on an almost daily regimen of more stars who have fallen. If it's not athletes, it's politicians, educators, leaders, movie stars and even preachers!

  womancrying       Maybe it's only an American trait, but somehow, I believe it's world-wide that we seem intent on believing that our superstars live in a pristine universe where they will be sheltered from the temptations of the seven deadly sins. We want to believe they are a bit better than we, who are so common.

         "Alas, for every movie star who enthralls us, for every athlete whose last-second heroics brings glory to a team or town, there are distressing few whose personal lives can bear the light of public scrutiny and remain untarnished. The same might be said of all too many of our politicians from both national parties," so wrote Lou Jacquet, editor of The Catholic Exponent.

         What is it about celebrity status that seems to render such people incapable of making or acting with clear judgment and moral clarity? There is a powerful lesson for us out of this whole sorry mess for any of us who would be a person of faith. We need to look beyond celebrities for someone we would like to pattern our life after. We need SOMEONE who is really and truly worthy of following! For this SOMEONE, I nominate Jesus Christ...the king of all Kings, the Lord of all lords! The ONE perfect, sinless one who never failed anyone!

         "The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14).