As observers we are pretty quick to analyze celebrities. We look question faith clothes, relationships, and lifestyle with usually no remorse.
People judge all the time, this is not something new—we were built to survive and when someone is a threat to us, even stars—we want to bite in judgment and jealousy.
Judgment is a natural instinct, but this doesn’t mean it is acceptable behavior. The reason we judge people or are quick to jump to conclusions is that we don’t have all the information that we need. We are hard-wired to paint this picture, but we are all different.
Karyn Hall, Ph.D. explained on Psych Central defined what judging is.
"Judging may be about figuring out how well we fit in. We all want to belong. Eons ago being a part of the tribe or clan was critical to survival and perhaps competition played a role in being valued by the group. But what we judge ourselves on now is likely not to be what really helps us belong.”
When it comes to celebrities and their faith, we don’t use a mirror-- it is more of a microscopic study of motives. There is justification, right. Stars are in the spotlight, they want people to follow them, and their lives on display. There are celebs that change religions all the time, like Madonna, who was Catholic, followed Kabbalah, but has not dedicated herself to any religion.
Reportedly she said in 2015:
“I don’t affiliate myself with any specific religious group. I connect to different ritualistic aspects of different belief systems, and I see the connecting thread between all religious beliefs. I have not converted to Judaism. I’ve studied Kabbalah, as you know, for many years, so there are a lot of things I do that one would associate with practicing Judaism. I hear the Torah every Saturday. I observe Shabbat. I say certain prayers.”
Madonna is not accountable to the public for her different beliefs, so why do we want to roll our eyes when we read this? It was the same with Katy Perry, who was practicing Christianity, and rejects formal religion. Maybe some feel that since some are rich and famous, we can’t take serious stock in what Hollywood believes.
I think we can agree for some in the Hills they go by what may be trending at the moment, but how is this business? Additionally, we usually don’t trust people in power, have money, or have access. The media plays a role in how we view people as well.
We can form opinions, but judging is another beast. Mathew 7 states it pretty clearly what Jesus wanted from us. We are all sinners. It doesn’t mean we accept the sin, but we love the person. And really, God will make the final call for all of us.
“Do not judge others, so that God will not judge you, God will judge you in the same way you judge others, and he will apply to you the same rules you apply to others. Why, then, do you look at the speck in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the log in your own eye? How dare you say to your brother, ‘Please, let me take that speck out of your eye,’ when you have a log in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.”
Let’s take out the mirror again. Ouch!
What does it say about us when we question another’s faith? Are we skeptical, untrusting, or jealous? Maybe, perhaps we should back off a bit on some of these stars, and maybe just pray for them. It is not relegated to the famous, either.
It is the everyday people we meet and come in contact with. Jesus also said we will be judged the way we judge others. James and Paul warned believers to not judge.
James: “Do not criticize one another, my friends. If you criticize or judge another Christian, you criticize and judge the Law. If you judge the Law, then you are no longer one who obeys the Law, but one who judges it.”