Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
God's Ten Commandments For Hollywood, #7
You shall not commit adultery.
Exodus 20:14 (NAS)
'But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart' (Matthew 5:28).
Surely this commandment is impossible to follow in today's entertainment culture where sensuality is ceaselessly sensationalized. From television to the schoolyard, sex talk is common. In film, fashion, music and dance, seduction is a means of doing business. Who can resist it and still succeed?
Sleaze is justified by performers as 'artistic freedom' and by merchants by the cash register. Girls, boys, men and women join the media-driven lust parade. The result? A trail of tears that follows lost innocence: human trafficking, unwanted pregnancy, venereal disease, broken marriages, and millions of shattered lives.
How can God's performers rise in such a culture as this? Because God has prepared them for a 'such a time as this' (Esther 4:14). Esther was in the beauty business, too. Her story shows that God created fashion, beauty, and lovemaking--and His commandments provide the reins to harness their power for good.
He will give His stars today supernatural favor and discernment to be cool, fashionable and irresistible while still honoring Him--just like Esther. They will receive day-to-day, job-to-job guidance about what roles to take or to turn down, how to be in this world, but not of it.
He gives this new generation of rising artists great wisdom. They know better than to hurl stones of condemnation at salacious idols. Instead they walk in love, look amazing in the process, and do not cross the line of lust to lead others astray.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the God's Ten Commandments For Hollywood series.