Saturday, April 9th, 2011
God's Ten Commandments For Hollywood, #3
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
Exodus 20:7 (NAS)
Satan entices us trivialize every virtue and maximize every vice. He encourages us to make all that is Holy irreverent and all that is good 'old fashioned.' The media is Satan's power tool. Spinmeisters twist the news. Film sensationalizes evil. Truth is reduced to a flickering candle in the corner.
'Jesus Christ' and 'goddamn it' are spewed as curse words or exclamation points. The best of Christians are tempted to remain silent in fear of raised eyebrows or losing the 'cool' label. 'Oh My God' is a highly-favored expression: a pop culture hit. The abbreviation 'OMG' has made it into the dictionary.
Where do Christian actors and artists draw the line? Do they refuse roles, say 'no' to curse words, and avoid the misuse of God's name? Or do they bite the bullet of compromise to gain entry into the kingdom of Hollywood? Such questions are a matter for prayer.
We find solace in Jesus' graciousness to forgive us. 'Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter,' and 'Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him' (Mark 3:28, Matthew 12:32).
On the other hand, 'But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him' (Matthew 12:32). Speaking against the gift of God's life within us is an extreme and unpardonable sin.
Whether an actor or artist chooses to curse for a role is between him and God. However, in the matter of personal words and conversations, never take His name in vain. Don't fall into easy irreverence. It is Satan's Grand Canyon, and there's nothing cool about it.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the God's Ten Commandments For Hollywood series.