The Celebrity Church: Part 2

Was Jesus a celebrity in his time on earth? Although his primary relational focus was on the 12 disciples, he had the attention and following of the masses. The opportunity to start a megachurch was definitely there. However, Jesus did not need to employ illusionism for he was the miracle-worker, Jesus did not need to reinvent grace for he was the embodiment of it, and Jesus did not need to introduce “the church for people who don’t like church” for he challenged the institution of the Sabbath. In terms of being well known, Jesus definitely fit the bill for Matthew 4:24 tells us “so his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics and paralytics, and he cured them. And great crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan”. Jesus had indeed achieved celebrity status.Continue reading “The Celebrity Church: Part 2”

The Celebrity Church: Part 1

One time, when we were among some Christians, Chui and I mentioned about the possibility of watching the delayed telecast of the Academy Awards upon returning home that night. A Christian retorted that he found no purpose in viewing such an event and gave the impression that watching the Oscars was contradictory to his faith. While the Academy Awards is about honoring the players in the film industry, it is also a 3-hour fashion extravaganza. So whether it is about grasping those golden statuettes or donning the designer apparels of Armani to Vera, it is solely about the celebrities, for the statuettes and apparels will bear no significance without the one that carries it. So much about giving recognition to the artistry of those who write, direct and act, the award show that has arguably an international viewership of a billion people, is basically an annual celebration of the celebrities.Continue reading “The Celebrity Church: Part 1”