Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, March 19th, 2021
Be Surprising Christians!
And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, 'How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?'
Mark 2:16 (NKJV)
As earth's supreme Revolutionary, Jesus mounted a shock and awe campaign. He astonished every person He met. He inspired attraction or rejection, love or hate- but never indifference.

Christian actors and artists who go forth into the entertainment industry best serve Jesus best by being... SURPRISING! Consider two ways your surprises work:

1) Hollywood still wrestles against stalemate. Movie moguls make remakes of remakes. When one strikes gold with a film or a show, everyone comes to mine in the same stream. Because shiny new hits make big money! But streaks of fool's gold go only so far.

2) Understandably, some Hollywood leaders conclude Christians should be avoided, because they see and hear self-professed saints... judge, rant, rave- and get exposed in scandals. Media kings label us complainers (with a foul 'holier than thou' odor.)

They run from the Bibles we brag about. Even worse, they bat them out of our hands with an oh-so-cool media hailstorm, making the Word look old and out-of-date. Do some churches seem irrelevant, too? Accusing and out-of-touch with culture?

Record numbers of younger believers leap from the steeples they find too lofty.

Actors, models and talent for Christ are called to this pivotal mission field: a vast field with unprecedented sway.

'And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light' (Romans 13:11-12).

But how you go makes all the difference. The element of surprise is crucial.

## Be Surprising Christians! (Part 1)

NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Be Surprising Christians! series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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