jtrhart

Celebrity Stalkers

In news insight on November 22, 2007 at 2:06 am

The Boston Herald, actually most major news sources, has picked up a recent story, “Shocking new details in alleged ‘priest stalker’ letters to O‘Brien.” The details of the story are fairly common amongst celebrities, stalking just seems to be part of the life. So what sets this story apart from the many other stalkings that take place in a celebrity’s life? Look at the title of the article. “Mechanical Engineer Stalks Hollywood Celebrity” would never make the headlines. This makes for alluring news because of the man’s profession. He is a priest, he is supposed to be holy, he is supposed to be “good” and look at what he’s done.

This is nothing new, I don’t want to discuss any so-called bias in the media. But maybe I can take this assumption, that this is only “news-worthy” because of the man’s involvement with a religious organization, and propose a possible explanation for this.

Romans 2:15 says “they show the work of the Law written in their hearts”. Man knows right and wrong. He knows it when he sees it because God has put it in his heart to know. But they suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18). They cannot help but point out that a wrong was committed but they will not say that a wrong shouldn’t have been committed. I believe people are so fascinated with these types of stories because they are grasping for any reason to help prove to themselves that God does not exist. “If we can show that the people who believe in God are just like we are, then we can show that believing is useless.” But the problem with this plan is that to show that the so-called righteous men are really not righteous at all would be dependent on knowing righteousness from unrighteousness in the first place. You can only have these two standards if there is a standard to measure them against. They would claim that morality is not a proof for the existence of God, but you can’t have it both ways.

“He has made everything appropriate in its time He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11

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