Being Famous Doesn’t Make You Moral

Fr. Stephen Freeman takes a look at traditional morality and how we should live our lives.

The news story is so common that the name can be left blank. ”N. confessed today that he has been unfaithful to his wife and children and let down his fans. ‘I want to say I’m sorry for what I’ve done and ask God’s forgiveness.’” I do not believe that our nation is suffering a rash of infidelities. We are suffering a rash of cheap shots – easily made because the targets are too big to miss.

A Basketball Coach, a Senator, a Congressman, a News Anchor – these, and similar folk, are all people that our entertainment culture has “writ large.” The few minutes of fame afforded certain figures usually brings additional wealth and influence. Many of those around them are eager to use the cache of their presence for their own ends – sometimes the ends even seem good. Thus the commonplace headliner at a local evangelical church – the popular coach or the football star. It carries a not so hidden message: ‘Jesus is a winner.’

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  1. Being famous or wealthy does not mean that a person has a high moral character. A person can be famous and immoral, while a poor non-famous person can live a very moral life.

    What is important in being moral is that a person lives by God's 10 Commandments, and does what he knows God would like him or her to do.

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