Monday, June 27th, 2011
Country Music Stars
Was no one found who returned to give glory to God...?
Luke 17:18 (NAS)
I watched a star-studded production by the Academy of Country Music--a tribute to Brooks & Dunn. This blockbuster show netted over 10 million viewers on a TV sweeps night with top-draw performers like Reba McEntire, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.
Most people agree that country music has heart. Many of its performers claim to be Christians. I didn't hear one singer mention God, although each one spoke. Perhaps someone did, but I'd like to 'call out' this world's stars who say they love Jesus.
'Look what God's done for you. Now what are you going to do for Him?'
They might respond, 'Well, this whole show was for charity,' or 'I give so much money and volunteer frequently to help others.'
If so, I say: 'Great start.' But as scripture tells us, 'From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked' (Luke 12:48).
I understand the biblical precedent for undercover operations by God-loving heroes who maintained levels of secrecy as children of the Most High God--until a pivotal moment in time. But they didn't stay hidden. When each one reached a God-appointed position, their missions, ministries, and love for God were completely revealed. They changed the world in great ways. Jesus, whose mission was 'undercover' for thirty years, changed it completely.
Actors and artists for God: don't let the love of this world overtake you. Stay grounded in humility and keep your eyes on the True Star. You are His stand-in here, and He is coming back to finish the show. Whatever degree of success you achieve, it's a gift. So, get busy thanking the Owner of the talent.
When you have the opportunity to speak positive words about Him in public, you have the opportunity to save lives.
Be a see-through star. Let everyone see through you to Him. Give God the glory.