Howard Stern Sheds Light on a Common Idol (Plus a Tim Keller Quote)

In a recent newsletter, Jim Daly from Focus on the Family is very respectful of Howard Stern’s recent admission to Rolling Stone. While speaking about his need for approval, Stern told RS:

“The curse is I take it so seriously. I gotta know, do you think I did a good show and are you satisfied? That’s the neurosis and that’s the source of all problems for me.”

How wise it is of Stern to realize this, and what a note of caution to my generation, which longs for fame and recognition! Stone has received more fame and recognition than probably any single radio personality of his time, his face is on the cover of Rolling Stone, and he is neurotically concerned with how people perceive his daily performance. This is not fault of Stern’s; it is simply the fault of the human heart. Celebrity itself cannot satisfy the desire for affirmation that the human heart holds.

Daly goes on to quote from Tim Keller’s Counterfeit Gods:

The human heart’s desire for a particular valuable object (human affirmation) may be conquered, but its need to have some such object is unconquerable. How can we break our heart’s fixation on doing “some great thing” in order to heal ourselves of our sense of inadequacy, in order to give our lives meaning? Only when we see what Jesus, our great Suffering Servant, has done for us will we finally understand why God’s salvation does not require us to do “some great thing.” We don’t have to do it, because Jesus has.

Only when we see what Jesus has done for us will this common slave-driver–the need for affirmation–be put to rest. Praise God for the good news of what Christ has done.


About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

2 Responses to Howard Stern Sheds Light on a Common Idol (Plus a Tim Keller Quote)

  1. Bo Bradbury says:

    Good stuff, really enjoy reading your posts.

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