Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Acting School (Part 16) ***PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED***
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says:
'Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.'
Ephesians 5:8-14 (NKJV)
To rise from the dead makes you one of three things: 1) A blood-sucking vampire, 2) A flesh-eating zombie or... 3) A born-again Christian.
Judging by millions of fans following monster media, dark shadows are popular. Contrasting children of the night with children of the light is part of God's publicity plan. But it seems like the bad guys are multiplying: handsome faces with impish grins--waiting on the next kid to bite.
Because their director, 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2), targets our youth. First he seeks their adoration. Then he takes their lives. This gruesome campaign is brilliantly disguised. He calls it entertainment. But when did death games become entertainment? Under the Romans?
In the mean time, an army of heroes arises: stars like David, Esther and Joshua. They are talented and beautiful, brave and humble. They are actors, models and talent for Christ: light-bearers in a field of darkness.
Satan roars at their entrance into this mission field. He's had an advantage, and he doesn't want to lose his position. In recent decades, he nurtured the growth of entertainment from a hobby into an obsession. For the most part, Christians ignored it.
Corralled in churches, cornered by complacency, lassoed by luxury, sedated by safety or dumbed down by idols, Christians preached to each other and ignored the world. Media's blood games grew in intensity, like mold--thriving in darkness: breathing in life, breathing out disease.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: be warned. The enemy seeks to take your light. If he can't hide it, he'll try to tie it to his purpose. 'But now you are light in the Lord' (Ephesians 5:8), and Jesus will never be tied again. Nor will He be attached to productions that glamorize evil, with good-looking vampires, werewolves, witches or mediums.
If He refuses to take part in this show (but you do), where does that leave you? Without Him--and that is a sacrifice no Christian should make.
So 'Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them' (Ephesians 5:8-11).
Say no to occult media--unless bad looks bad, good looks good, and the right guys win in the end. Because that's the truth--and kids need to know it.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Acting School series.