The Empty Religions of Instagram: How did influencers become our moral authorities?

The lost who despise Christianity and mock it fill the void in themselves with the most trite “spiritual” content. The clergy that people listen to are digital celebrities. The messages are short and pithy—saying very little, but sounding profound.
By not professing to be leaders or pastors, these influencers cannot be hypocrites, because they don’t really have a creed or public stance. Shared nuggets of self-reflective insight provide nourishment for parched souls—is the illusion. But likable memes and funny one-liners cannot give hope like the Gospel of Christ. “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith” (Heb. 13:7). —ed.