Updated: Jul 20, 2019
The most dangerous and the most life ruining weapon on Earth is “The Stage”. Think about it, people would kill to be on it and people are killed from it. The bright lights, the power, and the perfect images burn so fiercely they make others go blind. Stages and platforms all around the world end more lives than any plague known to man. Why? Comparison. When a person is gifted with power, personality, or beauty and those gifts are idolized, those looking up at their spotlight can’t help but to envy those on pedestals. If comparison is the disease then purpose is the cure.
We’ve all witnessed embarrassing incidents of fans falling out in overwhelming emotion for gazing upon their idol. Every obsession starts with an innocent thought of admiration, logic, until it’s tainted by the imagination, illogic, and the worship ensues. Isaiah 44:9 “How foolish are those who manufacture idols. These prized objects are really worthless. The people who worship idols don’t know this, so they are all put to shame.” We buy their clothes, we sow into their ministries, we would absolutely go broke if meant we could breath the very air they do. The silly thing is, these people who we’ve turned into idols put their shoes on one at a time just like us, wipe their noses, pick up their children, and the list goes on. Through our love and attention, we have afforded celebrities and great leaders their lives and yet, we compare ourselves to them.
The business of beauty is now a multibillion-dollar industry. Women all over the world have thousands of options to beautify themselves. It’s pretty remarkable. Ever wonder why, even with so many skin tones, bone structures, how similar most women look? The masses would call it a beauty trend. Lashes, blushes, lip stains, oh my! Social media platforms and TV commercials perpetuate a certain look for the season and women all over try to copy them. When you hand over the rights to a beauty trend to alter your self-image how do you know who you really are? What’s so wrong with who you are that you feel it necessary to contort your authenticity to fit a “plastic” mold? Makeup is fun, but making changes to your body, temporary or permanent, to please others or to fill the void that comparison creates is unhealthy. It’s one thing to enhance your original features to look better, it’s a whole other thing to alter your features to feel better. God doesn’t make mistakes.
Pastors and preachers are now as famous as celebrities and although they are preaching the Gospel and are called to God’s purpose somehow, even they are being idolized. How can this be? The Word of God is going forth with Jesus at the center and yet the messenger is being praised more than the message. (Proverbs 1:3) The power they possess is only given by God and those on-lookers coveting those positions are
missing key factors. Anointing comes at a price, callings come with extreme sacrifice. We have a tendency to compare our beginnings with someone else’s middle. We don’t know what it took to be used so mightily and if we did, would we still covet? Those who are walking in their purpose have taken the blinders off and can see powerful leaders within the church for who they really are; servants. Nothing more.
Popstars, celebrities, TV evangelists, wow, what grand lives they must lead. There they are living their best lives on stages built by our hard-earned money and constant worship. We have the power to support or neglect these idols and yet we see ourselves as the lowly ones not worthy of our own lives. We hide ourselves in their lives, we ignore our own worth and settle for being carbon copies when God has made us to be the original. Queen Esther was the most beautiful woman of her time, imagine the comparison from the women around her, yet, her beauty was the door of escape for an entire people. If she compared herself to others instead embracing what God had given her then genocide would have fallen on the Jewish people. (Esther 4:13-14) If comparison is the disease than purpose is the cure. Find it.