VIRTUE FOR FORTUNE AND FAME
“Satan’s… first article of faithlessness—the unequivocal belief that you can buy anything in this world for money.” -The Inconvenient Messiah, By Jeffery R. Holland
Because Hollywood is exclusive – which perhaps is part of the appeal for many – it is difficult to make a name there, but there is practically one requirement if one is to become a celebrity – leave your virtue at the door. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, but they are just that, exceptions.
Are people in Hollywood (or those trying to get in) anxious to dress, act, or pose so indecently, or is it simply the expectation to take one’s place there? If you were to Google-Image nearly any celebrity, sexual content would surface to the top of the search, and it’s usually the case. What would drive someone to take sleazy photoshoots? This is not the norm in everyday society, so why in Hollywood?
There’s little doubt in every true Christian’s mind that Lucifer reigns supreme in the land of celebrities. I wonder if things were even more blatantly clear, and Satan had a booth at the entrance of Hollywood that read, “Get your fame and fortune here, for the measly cost of your soul” would he get even more buyers?
Thankfully for Christians, the Lord has prescribed the medicine to counter Lucifer’s offer of fame and fortune – “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,… but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”[The Church] has been established to extend to you the very glory of God, his intelligence, his light and his truth. And that light and truth, by scriptural promise, is to forsake the evil one, your tempter. No, not everyone does have a price. Some things can’t be purchased. Money and fame and earthly glory is not our eternal standard. Indeed these can, if we are not careful, lead to eternal torment. Emerson said once, “Things are in the saddle, And ride mankind.” -The Inconvenient Messiah, By Jeffery R. Holland
Submitted by: S. Jones