This is what money, fame, and status can do to you and me if we’re not careful.
“A lot of people come up here and they thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. He didn’t help me a bit. If it was up to Him, Cesar Millan would be up here with that damn dog. So all I can say is s*ck it, Jesus This award is my God now.”Kathy Griffin, 2007 Emmy Awards
That quote is from Kathy Griffin when she received her Emmy award in 2007.
A lot of people sometimes say, “I want to thank the Lord Jesus Christ for this.” and they give honor to God. And instead, she chose to mock Jesus in that way. It’s so sad to hear something like this. But there are two things that we can pick out from what she says.
She is Minimizing What Jesus Has Done for Her
Number one, she says “I want you to know that no one has less to do with this award than Jesus. He didn’t help me a bit.” She’s trying to minimize everything that Jesus has done in her life.
Now I wouldn’t doubt that Jesus probably didn’t help her in the things that she did in entertainment because many things in the entertainment are satanic. But the fact that she would not acknowledge Jesus in any way shows the condition of her heart.
Kathy, have you considered that He has given you life? That you’re still breathing today? That you can swallow, you can drink water to give you life and sustenance? That you can eat? Do you know there are people that cannot even eat and have tubes that go down to their stomachs? Did you know that there are people who didn’t wake up from their bed this morning? That there are 150-250,000 people who die every single day? And yet you are alive.
And unfortunately, this is something that many, many people today think especially those who claim that there is no God, the atheists. They think “Well, Jesus didn’t do anything for me. God did nothing for me because look at those starving children, look at all those bad things.” They want to blame all those bad things on God, but at the same time, they don’t want to give God the glory and thank Him for every sustenance that God has given in their lives. And this is the tragedy of humanity today.
Things of This Word as Their “God”
The second thing she said, that is so alarming is, “S*ck it, Jesus, this award is my God now.” What blasphemy! Telling Jesus to s*ck it? Jesus says,
“By your words you will be justified, and by your words, you will be condemned.”Matthew 12:37
I wonder what it’s going to be for Kathy if she does not repent on the day of judgment. It’s not going to look good for her. And let us not just look at her and look at our own lives because she says, “this award is my God now.” She’s absolutely correct. This award is her God.
Now fame, status, money, recognition: these are the exact same things that the devil offered Jesus after his 40-day fast. The devil took Jesus to the mountain and said,
“Hey look, all these things have been given up to me and I’m going to give it to You if You worship me.”Matthew 4:8-9
But what was Jesus’ response? Jesus said,
“Away from me, Satan! You shall only serve the Lord, your God and only Him!”Matthew 4:10
That’s why you hear different celebrities talking about selling their souls to the devil. They do rituals, the dark things, witchcraft in order to get fame, to get money, to get to the place that they want. But this is what Jesus says in Mark 8:36,
“What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but forfeits his own soul? And what will a man do in exchange for his soul?”
Today are the things in your life that you treat like God. Now, we may not see it that way. But Jesus says,
“You cannot serve two masters. Either you love one and hate the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon. (money)”Matthew 6:24
Maybe for you, it’s not money. Maybe something else. Seeking relationships, your children, your family, your recognition, your status in the church, or in your workplace, in your company. Whatever it is that we elevate above our commitment and our worship to the Lord, Jesus Christ. That in itself has become an idol and that we need to repent of.
May our prayer today be, “Holy Spirit, change us from within. We ask that You look into our lives, search our hearts so that we can live lives that are pleasing to You. We want to not only live our lives for, we want to live our lives in the faith not only in the closet that nobody knows. We want to go and shout on the rooftop and let other people know of this good news and this gospel of the kingdom of Jesus Christ.”
Because people like Kathy and many other celebrities and many people around your home and your house and your workplace that they need to hear this because the coming of the Lord is at hand. And we need to be ready.
And may we continue to share the love of God to those people who have not heard it. Because if we don’t share the gospel and the truth of Jesus Christ with those around us, we’re going to hear more stories like this one.
Go ahead and share this blog post with as many people as you can. So that we can share the gospel and the grace and love of Jesus Christ to those who are in need.
God bless you!