We have become a celebrity-saturated society, more than any other generation in history — and when one of them fails, everyone knows it almost immediately.
Such failures should make us weep — both for them and for their families. But in reality we often become absorbed in the ongoing story, and some people even take delight in every new revelation. Things that barely would have been mentioned a few generations ago now are splashed across our television screens. Jeremiah’s words to the people of his day are just as relevant as when he first wrote them over 2,500 years ago: “Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush” (Jeremiah 6:15).
Money and success can never satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts, no matter who we are. God made us for Himself, and when we leave Him out of our lives, an emptiness is left in our hearts that cannot be filled — except by Christ. Pride, fame, money, sex, drugs, power — nothing can take the place of Christ.
Pray for those who are constantly in the public eye, that they may realize this truth and build their lives on Christ. If we ignore Him, we become like the man in Jesus’ parable who built his house on sand, and “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash” (Matthew 7:27). Don’t let this happen to you, but yield your life to Christ and build your life on His truth.