The Celebrity Trap: Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Pop Stars

14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The 10-day FIAT auction at www.ebay.com/fiat500emptf ends on Tuesday, October 22 at 5:00PM PT/8:00PM ET Each Personalized All-Electric Fiat 500e vehicles includes etched signature on the FIAT glove box by the participating celebrity Funds raised as part of “Into the Green” auction to benefit MPTF The Celebrity Fiat 500e “Into the Green” Charity Auction kicked off this past Saturday night (10/12) at the Dolby Theatre during the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) “One Night Only” Special Benefit Concert, hosted by Hugh Jackman. During the evening’s festivities, the first of ten all-electric Fiat 500e vehicles, personalized by some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities, was auctioned LIVE at the event. The Fiat 500e, personalized by Hugh Jackman, received a winning bid of $50,000. The auction features nine additional Fiat 500e vehicles on eBay Motors at www.ebay.com/fiat500emptf. Proceeds will benefit MPTF. The Celebrity Fiat 500e “Into the Green” Charity Auction features vehicles personalized by Jennifer Lawrence, Clint Eastwood, Anne Hathaway, Ron Howard, Barbra Streisand, Hans Zimmer, Kate Hudson, Will.i.am and Ryan Friedlinghaus. Each of the vehicles has an etched signature on the FIAT glove box by the celebrity. The 10-day FIAT auction began at 5:00PM PT/8:00PM ET on Saturday, October 12, and ends on Tuesday, October 22 at 5:00PM PT/8:00PM ET. To join the online auction of the nine Fiat 500e vehicles go to www.ebay.com/fiat500emptf. All the funds raised during the event and ensuing auctions will benefit MPTF. (Winning bidders pick up their vehicles at Orange Coast FIAT in Costa Mesa, Calif.) The FIAT “Into the Green” Program, created in November 2012, was designed with the aim of promoting and raising awareness of the all-electric 2013 Fiat 500e. The VIP program loaned a Fiat 500e for periods of up to three months beginning in April. All proceeds from the Celebrity Fiat 500e “Into the Green” Charity Auction will support MPTF in providing its services of healthcare, financial relief and retirement living to the more than 150,000 people it helps yearly.

What Jesus said about the dangers of wealth is just as true about celebrity in our postmodern age, and for most of the same reasons: It distorts our sense of self, both in relationship to others and to God. And that’s before we take into account the hyper-sexualized nature of most of pop culture. So the best advice I can give Christian parents is, to paraphrase Willie Nelson, “mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be pop stars.” Now, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t encourage their interest in creative endeavors such as music, theater, and the visual arts. Quite the contrary. As Eric Metaxas and I have said many times on BreakPoint, we need more Christians in all these fields, pointing people to Truth and beauty through their work. But there’s a world of difference between being a celebrity and being an artist. The celebrity draws attention to himself, the artist to his work. The celebrity thinks success is being famous. The artist knows success is being faithful. The celebrity chooses style over substance. The artist knows looking good is never as important as being good.

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Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Jude Law signed autographs for fans outside the BBC Radio One studios on Oct. 8 in London. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Molly Sims picked up designer fall fashions at T.J.Maxx in West Hollywood, Calif., on Oct. 7. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Abbie Cornish attended the MIPCOM party during MIPCOM 2013 in Cannes, France on Oct. 7. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Stacy Keibler hit the road on the Can-Am Spyder, celebrating with an early birthday ride in the open air in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 7. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Khloe Kardashian and Rapper The Game arrived at Tru Night Club in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 7. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Zooey Deschanel filmed a scene on the beach for her hit show “The New Girl” in Malibu, Calif., on Oct. 7. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Hilary Swank and her boyfriend Laurent Fleury were seen holding hands after a tennis practice in a local park by the Hudson River in Downtown, Manhattan on Oct. 7.

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