You shall not commit adultery.
But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
#7: No Sleaze
Is this Order possible to follow in our entertainment-driven culture? Where sensuality is ceaselessly publicized, advertised and normalized? From smartphones to schoolyards, sex talk is plain.
In film, fashion, music and commercials, seduction is a way to make money. Showing skin and come-on lines are common.
Movie stars call it artistic freedom. Producers call it justified profit. Fans call it cool to live like their heroes. I call the result... promiscuity.
But when innocence is thrown out like trash, when young girls seek love and young boys seek fun, when lust replaces love, bad things happen. Like...
Human trafficking, broken marriages, unwanted pregnancies and STDs. Lives are shattered. Hearts are battered. Dreams die.
How can God's stars rise in such a culture? Because they're called... 'For such a time as this' (Esther 4:14).
Esther was in the beauty business, too. Her story shows God created fashion. He allows beauty contests and good looks... to further His plans in pagan cultures.
While His Word and Spirit provide the reins to harness what seems to be bad... for GOOD.
Today, God gives His performers favor and discernment to be fashionable, even irresistibly attractive, while honoring Him, just like Esther did.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You'll get day-to-day, job-to-job guidance regarding what roles to take or turn down- how to be in this world, but not of it.
He gives you, His rising artists, WISDOM! Therein, you know better than to hurl stones of condemnation at sexy idols.
Instead, you walk in love, look amazing, dress stylishly (without inspiring lust)- and present a cool, clean alternative to the fans seeking someone to follow! When they follow you, they're following Him!
## Command Performances For Hollywood #7
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.