You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
#9: No Glorifying Darkness
When a Christian artist makes wrong look right or evil look good, he glorifies it. He bears false witness against his neighbor. How?
He doesn't bear true witness for the King. 'He who is not with Me is against Me' (Matthew 12:30).
Modern media glorifies darkness through celebrities and popular shows. Like a fashion trend called heroin chic. In it, bony beauties with dirty hair and dark (drug-like) circles under their eyes... model cool clothes for major designers.
Or TV shows with teens having big fun while lying, sneaking and strutting around.
Or great songs that overwhelm good conscience... through the sanctification of lust, greed, misogyny and intoxication.
Ambassadors for Christ must rep Him well. Demonstrate the benefits of true faith, where 'There is no darkness nor shadow of death' (Job 34:22).
Because in the culture of media, where good and bad seem interchangeable, you're standing strong for 'The Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation or shifting shadow' (James 1:17).
If you're offered a role that isn't right, God will make the decision clear to you. If He says no, politely refuse it: unless a bad role or show ends up right, illustrates a transforming storyline, or ultimately points people to God.
Therein, you bear true witness for your Lord.
## Command Performances For Hollywood #9
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.