Why Are Entertainers Our Heroes?
by Ken Gardner

Our society idolizes entertainers—movie stars, athletes, singers, and musicians. My question is—why? Now I have no problem with a certain amount of respect, even honor, for entertainers. After all, they do entertain us, and there’s nothing wrong with a limited amount of entertainment—decent entertainment, of course. We love to hear entertainers sing and play musical instruments, we like to watch movies and TV shows, and we enjoy watching athletes play games—football, basketball, baseball games (we even like to watch them use sticks to hit little balls into small holes in the ground!). We’re amazed by their abilities; they can run faster, jump higher, throw objects harder and more accurately then others can.

But should entertainers receive the kind of adulation our society gives them? They are paid literally millions of dollars (as a group, I suppose they are the highest paid segment of our society). Their mannerisms and clothing styles are copied. And if one of them dies, then the world stops. They are mourned as if they were beloved members of our immediate families.

Do they deserve this kind of hero-worship? It’s rare indeed that any one of them ever sets a good example morally or ethically. For the most part, their lives are a mess. How many of them have stable marriages? Hardly any. They change marriage partners more often and more freely than most of us change cars. They actively promote and encourage drug use, sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, and abortion, and even ridicule and make fun of religious people like you and me. Their conduct is not only immoral but also strange and bizarre (an indication of how unhappy they are?). They are for everything you and I are against, and they’re against everything you and I are for. Let’s not make them our heroes.

Instead, let’s make Abel, Abraham, Noah, Moses, Joshua, David, Isaiah, Elijah, Elisha, Amos, Mary, Martha, Deborah, and all the great men and women of the Bible—let’s make them our heroes. They are the ones we should look up to and admire and copy and imitate and name our children after. They are far, far more deserving of our respect and admiration and honor. Let’s read and learn more about them, and watch movies and football games, and listen to popular music less.

It’s up to us to decide who our heroes are. We choose our heroes. And who your heroes are reveals something about you. Let me repeat—who your heroes are reveals something about you.

Who are you making your heroes?