Essay:Status Worship

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Status worship is the exaggerated emphasis of a person's status rather than their actual insights, contributions, or effort.

Jesus was known to place no significance in one's status:

"Teacher," they said, "we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren't swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are."[1]

In another translation[2] the term "status" is used to describe what meant nothing to Jesus.

Increasingly, public school textbooks teach history which is biased towards status worship, thus misleading students into thinking that status is more important than achievement. Elected officials typically receive more emphasis than, for example, Thomas Edison, who was selected as the most important person of the last thousand years by Life magazine.[3]

Status worship often leads liberals into the deceit of exaggerating the status of people whom they admire, as in the cases of 'Professor' Richard Dawkins or 'Assistant Professor' Barack Obama. This is exacerbated by the fact that many educational institutions are controlled by liberals, who give positions to other liberals over better-qualified conservatives. Thus liberals make claims of authority based on a status which they do not even deserve.


  1. Mt 22:16-17 (NIV) (emphasis added).
  2. See, e.g., the New American Bible translation for this passage.
  3. See Essay:Liberal Denials about History.