All people are equal before God. Everyone needs salvation to reach heaven. Modern society exalts sports stars and successful business leaders to a higher level than often their character can withstand. Then through pride, they fall from this evaluated position. “For whoever exalts himself [or allows themselves to be exalted] will be humbled” (Mt 23:12). God loves to work through those who are not classed as wise and influential by the world’s standards (1 Cor 1:27-31). Society looks to their idols as gods and so these ‘stand out’ individuals have a strong influence, unfortunately often this is in a negative context.

See also: fame/famous, pride.

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