Saturday, April 16th, 2011
God's Ten Commandments For Hollywood, #10
You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Exodus 20:17 (NAS)
Don't believe soap operas. Don't covet lifestyles of the rich and famous. Don't let advertising geniuses 'with feigned words make merchandise of you' (2 Peter 2:3). Do you think you're scanning their merchandise? In truth, they are scanning you.
You're worth more than that.
Actors and artists for Christ raise a new standard: a standard that values Jesus more than jingles, people more than possessions--a standard where the only kind of jealousy that flies is His for us. Never ours.
Does His standard mean refusing jobs that sell products? Not necessarily. We enter foreign territory 'as sheep in the midst of wolves...shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves' (Matthew 10:16). But enter we must.
Just like Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Esther, Daniel, and Jesus.
Since the mission field we enter is entertainment, we will have extra grace and wisdom. Before every booking, God will tell us which jobs to accept or refuse. We ask Him.
God's stars carry a special destiny. They are meant to be famous for God. If money follows fame, their lifestyles will not become examples of excess. They avoid 'all appearance of evil' (1 Thessalonians 5:22).
Instead, actors, models, and talent for Christ show a life of generosity, humility and service.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the God's Ten Commandments For Hollywood series.