Friday, May 6th, 2016
Bad Ideas (Part 37)
Make My Children Stars!
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, bowing down and making a request of Him. And He said to her, 'What do you wish?' She said to Him, 'Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit one on Your right and one on Your left.' But Jesus answered, 'You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?' They said to Him, 'We are able.' He said to them, 'My cup you shall drink; but to sit on My right and on My left, this is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by My Father.'
And hearing this, the ten became indignant with the two brothers.
Matthew 20:20-24 (NASB)
Stage parents are a distracting nuisance to all entertainment executives, developers, managers and agents, including us within AMTC. Known by bossy advice and ambition, stage parents harm those they most want to help, which is a crying shame for their children.
Regarding the mother of James and John, Salome was a sold-out believer. She both followed and supported Jesus. She stood at the Cross and resurrection. So perhaps for all of these good reasons, when she requested her sons' promotion, Jesus was gentle with her ignorance.
Like the rest of His early disciples and the majority of their brethren, Jews misunderstood the Messiah's role. Surely, He would bring them freedom from Rome and countless years of cruel oppression. Surely, He would become their rightful King--which is true, but not how or when they thought.
Because Rome wasn't their real enemy. Because Christ measured time differently. Because His vision was so much larger. Because everyone else mattered, too. Because stars for God didn't chase glory. Because glory came from humility. Because sacrifice was their starting point, as Salome would personally learn.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: On some things, God and men can agree, including a parent's proper role regarding a cherished child's career. It's a humble and supporting part, seen by respect for the King and kings:
1) 'He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me' (Matthew 10:37). Therein, we mustn't adore our kids. In addition, God needs no prompting in the perfect assignment of roles.
2) 'Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God' (Romans 13:1).* No matter how militant Christians may be toward modern government, such behavior isn't biblical.
To Be Continued
* See also 2 Peter 13-17: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Peter+2%3A13-17&version=NASB;
* Titus 3:1: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Titus+3%3A1&version=NASB;
* 1 Timothy 2:1-3: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Timothy+2%3A1-3&version=NASB;
* Matthew 22:20-22: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+22%3A20-22&version=NASB
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bad Ideas series.