I saw this article being plugged via Fox News and had to check it out. The seven celebrities are as follows:
- Amber Heard — Who?
- Jon Hamm — Never heard of him.
- Javier Bardem — Never seen him act.
- Emma Thompson — I’ve heard of her.
- Morgan Freeman — disappointing but not surprising.
- Daniel Radcliffe — Who? O that’s right, Harry Potter.
- Brad Pitt — Exactly what I would expect from Mr. Pitt.
There is really no one on that list that surprises me. You can follow the link to see the reasons they gave. There is nothing worth quoting or I would, except maybe that Morgan Freeman believes he is god. Nothing new there, that lie has been with us since the garden.
The real news here is that this really isn’t newsworthy. We are all born atheists. It is only by God’s grace that we come to know Christ and be known by Him. So why would we be surprised that a bunch of secularists are acting like secularists?
The reality is that those who do believe in Christ, and are born again, are the exception to the norm. The true believer is truly the newsworthy person because God has moved in that person to bring them to faith. The norm is disbelief, not belief. The news is being born again and given a new heart by our loving and gracious Father, not that some sinner remains a sinner.
In fact, I believe that being born again is truly a rarity and that the church would be better off if we preached more of the necessity of God’s grace, and less on the empowerment of our congregations. I’m not sure what empowerment really means, but it is a catch phrase that people like to toss around in the hopes of fooling us that they are really doing something for the people under them.
When it comes to being empowered, we do need that. But the empowerment doesn’t come from our desires, ability or will. It comes from God alone and by His grace alone. We need to be born again, made new. This is truly a miracle of God so we should not expect the likes of Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman to truly come to know Christ.
I know that many would like to say that it would be something if one of these celebrities did come to know Christ, with the idea that they would be able to do great things for the Kingdom since they are so famous. Please don’t be misled into thinking such nonsense. If Brad Pitt did come to know Christ, he would be immediately shunned by the Hollywood elite, and there would be many who would profess Christ because he did. But that is not true salvation.
True salvation comes through the preaching of God’s word, not the saving of celebrities. Those who would, hypothetically, trust in Christ because someone famous did, are not coming to Christ through the normal means of grace, but doing so because it must be cool since Brad Pitt did it.
We really don’t see God working that way in history very often. He usually goes after those who are lowly, and lack worldly influence. Jesus did that when selecting His disciples. Not one of the 12 were movers or shakers in the world. They were men who were not heard of, and unknown to the religious and political establishment. But they were perfect for the job. Why? So that when God did move through them and in the lives of those in the church, everyone would know that it was God who moved, not some celebrity. God gets the glory in moving through the lowly, the weak, the frail, the lost. That is how He chooses to do things, so that He gets all the glory.
No, the news of the seven celebrities who do not believe in God is not really news. It’s just stating the norm. Very few in the world truly believe, because very few are truly born again.