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Cast every idol from its throne,
For God is God, and he alone:
To God all praise and glory!

 (Lutheran Worship, “Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good”, #452

Muhammad Ali’s death has replaced Prince’s death in the news which replaced David Bowie’s death which…the utter public fascination with celebrity deaths is interesting as discussed each time by the commentators, reporters and gurus: “Everybody loved him/her” “We won’t be the same since he passed” “She was a giant in her time” “He won’t be forgotten” But no, everybody does not ‘love’ the deceased. Life goes on without so many of these stars and that person has not changed my life. They will mostly be forgotten. Read Ozymandias by Shelley. Ahh but they are stars! The stars in the sky were considered deities in the time of the Old Testament, that is, idols. In an age which has officially forgotten God, the gods have come back with a vengeance: as if Muhammad Ali made our lives somehow better. Lincoln, yes, but Ali, Bowie etc? Give me a break. But there is no break in the weekly grind of the hubris of idolatry. As a pastor wrote about the “Oscars”: Idols giving an idol to other idols. It’s cultural and spiritual masturbation. This is cultural porn. We are like dogs chasing their own tails.  There is no salvation in the name of any ‘star’:

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”  Acts 4

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