Don’t Put Them on a Pedestal…

…they’ll only fall.

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It’s been one of those days. Weeks. Months. Where everything you read about in the news or on social media is depressing. You can’t get away from it, no matter how hard you try. One of my friends even went so far as to delete the Facebook app from her phone because all she was seeing were sad news updates. 

And along with sad news update you may see in the headlines:

Nick Jonas talks about his sex fetishes.

I’m not one to talk a lot about sex, so this is a new kind-of post for me. BUT. I was obsessed with this man. There was a time I thought I was going to marry him. 

When I was 13 years old, this guy was in a good, Christian home. His dad was a pastor at an Assemblies of God church, he wore a purity ring, the Jonas Brothers never swore or used innuendos in their songs.

I mean, Nick Jonas had it all together. 

And then…Fame. And maybe it wasn’t just that girls put him and his brothers up on a pedestal. Maybe it’s not just that. It could be that he wasn’t grounded in his faith, or that he just didn’t care anymore – that he was looking for something to run to while running away from the best thing he had. 

But the truth is…I’m sad. I’m sad that this guy I once idolized is at this point in his life. I’m not one to judge his “walk with Christ”, but I am here to tell you that as Christians, we are to prove that we are. Our actions tell others that we are different. Not what comes out of our mouths (although, obviously, what has been coming out of his mouth isn’t all that great, either). 

Nick’s new CD came out about a week ago. More than half the songs are explicit, meaning that they have the “F” word in them. I can’t imagine going from this young kid that was recording Christian songs (Check out the Nick Jonas: self-titled CD, it’s AWESOME), to recording songs like this.

It makes me sad. It makes me hurt. It makes me wonder if there’s something that could have been done to stop this. 

People walk away from their faith, but this guy? This one that I was SURE wouldn’t? 

We need to stop putting PEOPLE up on pedestals. They’re going to fall. They’re going to crash and burn because we put them in a place they’re not meant to be. There are people grounded in there faith that ARE in Hollywood. (ie: Candace & Kirk Cameron), but it’s rare. And I’m so proud of them. 

I pray someday that Nick will turn his eyes back to the one thing in his life that was a constant – to the only One who can save him from this world. 

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. ~John 15:19

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  • Jaime

    Oh my! I saw that headline too and felt so disappointed in him. It’s really sad to see things like that happen to people. (Look at Miley Cyrus–she was supposed a good, Christian girl too. Katy Perry’s first album is under the “Christian” umbrella as well, and she supposedly thanks God on every single CD.)

    I agree that we shouldn’t put people on a pedestal. It sickens me when people do that. (Not that I haven’t. I have.) They are just PEOPLE. Humans, like me, with their own problems and their own privacy. It’s just disappointing that our world is okay with people discussing things like that out in the open!