Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, May 24th, 2021
Command Performances For Hollywood #3
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His Name in vain.
Exodus 20:7 (NASB)
#3: No OMG

Satan prompts us to ridicule virtue as dull, binding, out-of-date rulishness.

He maximizes vice as exciting, desirable and perfectly okay.

He presents holiness as churchy-ness, modesty as prudish lack of style, and gentle words as a lack of power.

Media is a mighty megaphone. In it, big-mouthed reporters spin the news, barely-dressed stars flaunt sensuality, and film sensationalizes evil.

To so many people (even Christians), Oh My God is an exclamation point, and its abbreviation (OMG), is a popular, cultural mantra.

Where do Christian performers draw the line? Do they refuse roles, say no to curse words, and avoid any misuse of God's Name?

Or do they bite the bullet of trade-off to carry His Light into dark places? This question is a matter for prayer.

We find solace in our Lord's graciousness. 'Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter, and Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him' (Mark 3:28, Matthew 12:32).

On the other hand, 'Whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him' (Matthew 12:32). Speaking against the Lord's Holy Spirit is an extreme, unpardonable sin.

Whether an actor curses for a role... is a choice best made between God and him. Yet in your personal conversations, never take God's glorious Name in vain.

Don't fall into easy irreverence. It's the devil's enormous Grand Canyon: a popular (but very UN-grand) pit.

## Command Performances For Hollywood #3

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 Command Performances For Hollywood 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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