When people Worship people
I recently looked at Whitney Houston’s story on Netflix and I must say that it really messed with me. The huge crowd waving their glow sticks in the air; chanting and screaming for their idol. As she prepares herself to stand before her fans, she takes a deep breath and closes her eyes. This is her moment! She walks out on that stage to the deafening roar of thousands gathered to pay her homage. But she is there for one reason and one reason only, to be worthy of their praise and worship.
This is the story of every performer, movie star, athlete, scholar; every over-achiever; every person that exists in the lime light. There will always be people who exalt them beyond what is due to man, but almost every single “star” will fall prey to the well orchestrated trap unless they remember that they are but dust and completely unworthy of any form of worship. Praise and worship is intoxicating and I dare say even lethal to the soul of man. Truly, men were not made to worship men or to receive the worship of men. We become the destroyers and the recipient will inevitably be destroyed.
King Herod dressed himself in his royal apparel; sat upon his throne and delivered a speech to his people. As the people heard his words, they were in awe; they started to shout, “It is the voice of a God and not of a man!”. Look at what followed:
Acts 12:23 And at once an angel of the Lord struck him down because he did not give God the glory and instead permitted himself to be worshiped, and he was eaten by worms and died five days later.
No matter how much a person may try to fight the effects of worship hurled their way: human nature; our fallen self will ultimately inhale it and it will have a “luciferian effect” on our souls. It is spiritual poison! Lucifer longed for worship; the worship that belonged only to God and it resulted in him being kicked out of heaven. I hate to say it, but he: Lucifer, is behind the entire entertainment industry. He is behind the development of “stars”, even the “stars’ in the church of Jesus Christ. He compels man to worship man, because any worship that is not directed to Almighty God ultimately goes to him. He is so pathetic! He is like a spiritual vagrant; willing to take up any scraps of worship that doesn’t go to God. Many of us will never willingly worship Lucifer, yet all of our praise and worship that is not directed to God goes to him.
We feel sad for people like Whitney Houston, who could not even stop for as long as it would take to fix herself, because she became addicted to more than crack and cocaine; she was addicted to the worship of men. Of course it was her responsibility not to permit herself to be worshiped, but we who put these people on a pedestal, are not without sin. We are admonished to give honour where honour is due; to be thankful to people; knowing always that GOD ALONE deserves all of the Glory!
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