Don't idolize people.
No one. Not football coaches. Not politicians. Not TV personalities. Not athletes. Not movie stars. Not musicians.
Shoot, let's name names: Don't worship Joe Paterno. And don't idolize Tim Tebow. Or Billy Graham. Or Bono. Or Chris Tomlin, or Steve Jobs, or Mercy Me, or Albert Pujols or Kirk Cameron or Stephen Hawking or Casting Crowns or John MacArthur or Francis Chan or Joel Osteen or Barack Obama or Whoever the Republican Nominee Will Be.
Don't worship dead humans, either. Don't idolize Mother Teresa or Ronald Reagan or C.S. Lewis.
Don't idolize your preacher. Ever. Or your cool worship leader. They're sinners, they tend toward self-centeredness, and your idolatry will destroy them.
Don't worship your spouse. Ever. Or your mom or dad.
This is because they are humans. Humans are not to be made into idols. Idolatry first blinds people, then leaves a wake of victims, wondering why no one seemed to see what was so obviously there.
You don't have to be a freak to engage in this. Normal people do it. And when idols are toppled, we deny, we lash out, and sadly, we wind up looking like the fools we have become.