June 27, 2007
Set aside for a moment that you are sick and tired of hearing about all-things-Paris-Hilton.
Does Paris Hilton know God?
And don’t give me that “I’m not paying attention” baloney either. After all, this Paris stuff is in our face every moment of the day unless you live on a deserted island with no electronic, satellite, or cellular devices in sight. So, “paying attention” is part of the deal.
Here is the rub on us: Why are we, and I mean we as a society, trying to figure out if Paris had a spiritual awakening in prison or not? In doing so, we’ve heard the most absurd parameters for whether a person knows God or not in a long time.
Just look at these headlines and comments:
Paris: God can wait – I need a hair extension
It appeared that socialite Hilton’s plans to serve God, perhaps by creating a halfway house for former ex-convicts, would have to wait at least a day as she readjusted to the simple life of fame and celebrity yesterday.
Will Paris Wear Orange on “Larry King”?
…But the intrepid oddsmakers at Bodog have put wagers on a slew of things that might — or might not — happen during Paris’ big interview on “Larry King Live.” For instance, the Bodog bettors are almost metaphysically certain (1-to-7 odds) that Paris will mention finding God in jail…
Paris Already Back to Her Old Ways
…The hair-fix house-call contradicts what Hilton told Barbara Walters at the start of her sentence. “I’m not that superficial girl,” she said. “I haven’t looked in a mirror since I got here. My purpose in life is to be where I am.”
And on the TV news, broadcasters are smirking and getting a good chuckle. Paris can not surely remain Paris and have a relationship with God at the same time…they smugly infer.
Can Paris Hilton say she has God’s purpose in mind and get hair extensions at the same time?
Wow! What a judgemental world we live in. Nowhere in the Bible did I read “Thou shall not get hair extensions.”
More importantly, we are seeing the evidence of confusion when it comes to knowing what it means to get a calling from God or having a relationship with Him. Also, we see the question being implied: can one be oneself and still follow the words of the Bible?
Do you have to drop the fancy homes, cars, and beautician house calls?
The answer is no. It is not a sin to live in this world not as a pauper, but as one among them…and in this case, one among the Hollywood crowd.
I don’t think it’s our job to analyze Paris to the Nth degree and look to see how God is or is not working in her life.
Perhaps these verses make it clearer:
For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:2-5
It’s a good thing to keep in mind. Isn’t it?
Hair extensions aren’t going to make or break the deal when it comes to Paris Hilton’s journey…with or without a spiritual awakening.