Monday, February 1, 2010

" I wanna be a STAAAAAAAAARRRRR!!!"

So shouteth Lady Gaga at the Grammys Sunday night. It is fortunate that the sentiment was overtaken by a surprisingly sweet duet with Elton John, performing his "Your Song". The performance made me think of why we think of such people as "stars". They become so by shining truth onto the human condition. Consider:

I hope you don't mind/I hope you don't mind
That I put down in words/How wonderful life is
While you're in the world.

Even in our most base, crooked and inward-looking condition, there is still acknowledgment of others. That is why the morphing into celebrities, "idols", stars, et cetera, is so dehumanizing. When one becomes a star, all light (so to speak) comes from that source. Everything is concentrated on the self, making it nearly impossible to see anything beyond.
And yet...

Who created the stars, both those in the heavens and those in Hollywood? Light comes from them, but they grow old, burn out, wither away; sometimes they implode or explode. The Light that created them does not grow old; He does not wither, implode or explode. Instead, He poured His Light into the creation to reflect His majesty. He sent His only Son, the Vine, so that we may not wither, but grow in His grace and mercy. And He sent the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to burn in His children; not to make us perish but to praise Him.

I don't want to be a star. I belong to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that is enough.

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