Thursday, April 14th, 2011
God's Ten Commandments For Hollywood, #8
No False Messiahs
You shall not steal.
Exodus 20:15 (NAS)
The enemy is about taking; Jesus came to give. As His followers, we can do no less than copy His example. 'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly' (John 10:10).
What could actors or artists steal? The spotlight!
Starring roles are limited, and competition is fierce. Hollywood veterans grow accustomed to battle--fighting for roles and struggling for connections. Stealing stage time from another actor is common; the process is called 'upstaging,' and it's in every actor's dictionary.
Worse than upstaging a fellow performer is stealing eyes and ears from Jesus. False stars are false prophets who mislead fans. Blinded followers may not realize they've been blinded, much less robbed, but they do know something is missing in their lives. They crave it.
Like the woman with the issue of blood who 'spent all that she had' (Mark 5:26) on false healers, misguided fans spend their lives following false messiahs: famous faces who lead them to the wrong places. Instead of finding love, joy, peace, purpose and health, they find distraction, addiction, confusion, and emptiness.
The Bible calls misled wanderers lost sheep. The media calls them fans and subscribers.
Actors and artists for God live to give--and give to live. Film, music, and fashion are the tools they use to glorify God.
To do otherwise is to steal His airtime.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the God's Ten Commandments For Hollywood series.