What profit is the image, that its maker should carve it, the molded image, a teacher of lies, that the maker of its mold should trust in it?
Do not turn to idols, nor make for yourselves molded gods: I am the Lord your God.
Within our 21st century, if carved images are chiseled bodies, then molded images are shaped performers: raw beauties fashioned into models; raw talent polished into stars. Both reflect the dreams of their designers. But who are their designers?
If God is the Potter Who molds us like clay, did He form today's celebrities? Because every celebrity has been crafted, coached and styled to reflect someone or something.
Because star performers are like a top politicians: extraordinarily gifted communicators. They begin with talent, passion and purpose. They begin with a heartfelt message: a desire to go to the world. But this course requires cash.
In America's 2014 midterm elections, almost 4 billion dollars were spent on racing rulers.* So what can aspiring stars sell to pay their way? The very same gifts God gave them: talent, passion and purpose. Once a deal is made, the molding process begins. If the financier isn't God, talents will be twisted: reshaped by different potters.
But different potters have different images with different messages for different purposes. Practically speaking, their goals are wealth. Spiritually speaking, their goals are souls: yours, and anyone else who can be influenced by your celebrity.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Never sell God's talents. Invest them wisely for His benefit. That's your job as His servant. That's your commission as His ambassador, and it will bring you both glory: Him as His due, and you as His reflection.**
But never sell out for fame. Because fame is dangerous, unless God is your Molder, Manager and Money Man. If He is, go for it with gusto.
Also, never bend to peer pressure. Don't ask or allow the hand of man to reshape you. Polish is good, but make sure your polishers are God-sent. Because the Image you need is His.
To Be Continued...
* 2014 midterm election costs: http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/01/politics/4-billion-expensive-election/
** The Parable of the Talents: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat+25%3A14-30&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Images series.