Monday, September 26th, 2011
Leave him alone; let him curse, for the Lord has told him to.
2 Samuel 16:11 (NIV)
Some actors, models, and talent for Christ choose to go undercover in the entertainment industry, and they have a biblical precedent. Some Bible heroes did the same thing, by partially or fully concealing their true identities until the perfect moment of revelation--stars like Jesus, Moses, Abraham, Sarah, Esther, Joseph of Arimathea, and Nicodemus.
God guides His courageous ambassadors in foreign lands on every diplomatic mission, keeping them true to Him in all ways that matter most. He knows they cannot influence a culture for good without understanding it and rising to prominence within it.
So where does cursing stand among Christian actors gaining ground in Hollywood?
As a rule, Christians don't curse. As a rule, Hollywood does. In fact, cursing and naughty behavior are increasingly blatant. What should Christian performers do when offered roles with curse words?
They should ask their Father. He will put the right limits in their hearts and on their mouths.
I have seen AMTC actors choose to speak curse words and choose to omit them. I have seen bad words refused, scripts altered, roles won, and lives changed. Triumph! I have also seen Christian adults curse on camera and ask forgiveness at home--all while leading others to the Lord. Triumph!
Jesus Himself sets a limit: 'And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven' (Luke 12:10). Consider each role in godly counsel, but never curse His Spirit within you or others. Never deny Him.
One day, when you have risen to the level of prominence that God ordains, you will be in a key position to raise a new standard in the hearts and minds of millions. It will be His standard.