Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Images (Part 1)
The Image Business
I am the Lord, that is My Name;
And My glory I will not give to another,
Nor My praise to carved images.
Behold, the former things have come to pass,
And new things I declare;
Before they spring forth I tell you of them.
Isaiah 42:8-9 (NKJV)
The entertainment industry is a business of images. Most often, how you look is how you book.
'I wanted to make an image for myself as an outlaw type. A kind of rock 'n' roll sensibility' (Nicholas Cage).
'I re-invented my image so many times that I'm in denial that I was originally an overweight Korean woman' (David Bowie).
'I've always been aware that the image you patiently construct for an entire career can be ruined in a minute. It scares you a bit, but that's the way things are' (Roger Federer).
On the other hand, God hates a fraud:
'All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told:
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold:
Gilded tombs do worms enfold' (William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice)
'Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness' (Jesus, Matthew 23:27-28).
Even so, in the Old Testament, God describes many of His stars as beautiful or handsome, including Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Joseph, Moses, Saul, David, Bathsheba and Esther.*
But in the New Testament, zero. In fact, the appearance of Jesus is not described.** Neither the appearance of any apostle. Why? What does it mean?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: What should your image mean to you? Consider three things:
1) Jesus called you to become fishers of men. Fishing requires a lure and a hook. If the Hook is His Perfect Word piercing hungry hearts, then the lure is your talented image attracting seeking souls.
2) Image is important to God. He made your face and body for a reason. Therein, to alter, deny or desecrate your image is to insult your Maker.
3) Image is important to your success in the entertainment industry. You must heed, and exceed, the world's qualifications to get on the field.
To Be Continued...
* Beautiful or handsome Bible heroes:
* Genesis 12:14 'So it was, when Abram came into Egypt, that the Egyptians saw the woman, that she was very beautiful.' (Sarai is Sarah)
* Genesis 24:16 'Now the young woman was very beautiful to behold... And she went down to the well, filled her pitcher, and came up.' (Rebekah)
* Genesis 29:17 'Leah's eyes were delicate, but Rachel was beautiful of form and appearance.'
* Genesis 39:6 'Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.'
* Exodus 2:2 'She saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months.' (Moses)
* 1 Samuel 9:2 'And he had a choice and handsome son whose name was Saul. There was not a more handsome person than he among the children of Israel.'
* 1 Samuel 16:18 'I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the Lord is with him.' (David)
* 2 Samuel 11:2 'From the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold.' (Bathsheba)
* Esther 2:7 'The young woman was lovely and beautiful.' (Esther)
** The appearance of The Messiah is mentioned in the Old Testament, but it is not the way most painters and filmmakers have portrayed Him: 'He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him' (Isaiah 53:2).
** Previous AMTC Devotion on the choices of Jesus: http://amtcdevotions.org/leadership-part-7-the-choices-of-jesus
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Images series.