So all of Ohio is buzzing about Lebron James’ decision to not return to the Cavaliers. Dan Gilbert has posted an online letter blasting Lebron which just seems to show a severe lack of professionalism. It really is just symptomatic of what truly is the issue here. On my way out to lunch a couple of days ago, I caught the opening of Rush Limbaugh when he said with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek that no one seemed to be reporting that Lindsay Lohan had obscenities written on her fingernails during her recent court appearance where she was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Of course, Limbaugh was being facetious. It seems that the news has been buzzing non-stop about Lebron and Lindsay.
Why are we so shocked as a nation when our heroes let us down? We lift them up like demi-gods and expect them to do no wrong and when they eventually screw up, we chastise them for their behavior. Our expectations are so high when it comes to the cult of celebrity in our culture that when their shiny façade is shattered, so is our trust in all of humanity. It’s time for a gut check here, people. The only good inside of us is the good that God placed there. We cannot be flabbergasted when unbelievers do sinful things. It’s in their nature. For that matter, we cannot be shocked when believers do sinful things. We will, of course, be more disappointed when one of our own fumbles, but we are still only human and we will all eventually do some really stupid and sinful things that we are ashamed of. It might not be as public and humiliating as, say Ted Haggard for instance, but at some point in our life and even some point in our Christian life, we will let somebody down.
Psalm 9:9-10 says, “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” If you trusted in Lindsay Lohan’s squeaky-clean childhood image to get her through life, you have been severely disappointed. If Ohioans put their trust in Lebron to stay in Ohio, they were severely disappointed last night. Gilbert went so far as to say that Lebron “deserted” the Cavaliers. Here is a blessed and biblical truth: God will never desert you. He will never forsake you. He will never leave you. He is the only one…let me write it again ‘cause I’m getting excited and wish I could shout this from a pulpit right now…He is the only One who we can always trust and will never let us down!
So put down your People, your US Weekly, and any other celebrity-worshipping magazine and pick up your Bible and read the words of a God who will always do what He says, no matter what. He’s proven it in the past and you can read all about it. He will do it again and you can read all about that, too. He’s the God who is loyal to the end, regardless of the circumstances and he won’t leave you for a better contract or the chance to win a championship. He’s already won!