To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews... to those who are without law, as without law... so that I might win those who are without law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.
When He spoke to the woman at the well, Jesus modeled a perfect precedent for reaching out to different cultures.* Casually, He met her where she was and introduced a common need they shared: thirst.
Their conversation began with water, then on to her open observation of the oddity that a Jewish man would speak to a Samaritan woman. Next, Jesus mentioned the course of her life... and what God now seeks in His worshippers. Lastly, He revealed Himself as the Christ.
And 'From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman' (John 4:39).
Consider also the Apostle Paul, a star disciple, a fierce debater, and an example for the rest of us... on how best to witness among strangers.
HINT: It involves both respect and common ground.
Paul traveled to many pagan cities, including meccas like Athens and Rome. He lifted thousands of lost souls to Christ, and his legacy continues to grow.
So how did Paul convince them to listen?
He tailored his words to his audience: never judging, but always intriguing. Then at just the right time in the right way, he preached the Truth of Jesus and the Cross.
Like Jesus and Paul, God's modern movers should enter Hollywood on common ground: a field you share with all kinds of people, including its quirks, perks and challenges:
Never judging, but always intriguing; never frowning, but always inviting. Therein, you're a model among models, an actor who ups his game more... off-stage.
Which makes you an ambassador for Christ before you even speak His Holy Name.
## How To Enter Foreign Cultures, Including Hollywood
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
* See John 4:7-42, https://classic.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+4%3A7-42&version=NASB
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the How To Enter Foreign Cultures, Including Hollywood series.