Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
Fifteen Minutes Of Fame (Part 2)
The Unacceptable Sacrifice
But you trusted in your own beauty, played the harlot because of your fame... Moreover you took your sons and your daughters, whom you bore to Me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your acts of harlotry a small matter, that you have slain My children and offered them up to them by causing them to pass through the fire?
Ezekiel 16:15,20-21 (NKJV)
But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.
Mark 9:42 (NKJV)
Today's sobering speech from the Prophet Ezekiel was not directed to heathens, but to God's chosen people. They had fallen into narcissism and idol worship. Even worse, they brought their children, 'Causing them to pass through the fire.'
These words hit me hard. My children were invited to daily dining at the media table of narcissism and idol-worship. Children's programs wrap up the ugly quite nicely, but it was still there--just waiting to be embraced.
As they became teens, I censored nothing. We watched shows together like 'Charmed'--and so we were. Thank God He is stronger than the prince of the power of the air. I was forgiven. My family was rescued and covered.
Since I lived on the outside of Christ for over 50 years and worked in the talent industry, I have an unusual view of it. Perhaps that perspective is one reason God put AMTC in the position of educating and raising His performers.
Therefore, I have the unsettling job of telling every Christian parent the eye-opening truth: stop assimilating and sanctioning the idol-worshipping culture in the U.S. Undeniably, we lead the world in materialism, narcissism, and idol worship. For example:
Do you embrace the idols of Christmas in their bold bid to overshadow Jesus? What about the Easter bunny? Harry Potter? Disney uncensored? Considered their hit shows, 'My Babysitter's a Vampire' or 'The Wizards of Waverly Place.'
I condemn no one, because without Jesus, I would still be guilty. Neither should you condemn anyone--not even yourself. But you should repent. God's will is clear. Be a loving example of a better way. Deny the unacceptable sacrifice. Avoid the broad path. Take your kids on a better hike. It's an uphill climb, but they will love the view.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fifteen Minutes Of Fame series.