Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
Judgment (Part 35)
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed...
Luke 4:18 (NASB)
So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
John 8:36 (NASB)
The land of the free is the land of jails. Our brilliant Lord loves a good irony, but our U.S. prison population (#1 among all of earth's nations) reveals American hypocrisy. But then again, we can talk a good game.
We not only house the most prisoners, but do it with the highest percentage.* Since drug-related charges dominate, consider one racial disparity: '5 times as many Whites are using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of Whites.' **
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Regarding physical confinement, the U.S. sways in a jailhouse rock, locking down and chaining up millions. Regarding spiritual bondage, the U.S. worships celebrity, possessions, positions and money.
Regarding entertainment's control, we glue ourselves to stars, shows and screens, averaging ten+ hours daily. So what's an actor for Christ to do? Do what He did as best you can.
He was a circuit-walking Preacher, spreading Good News and deliverance. You're media-carried performers, spreading Good News of deliverance. He loved poor people and prisoners. You're playing to the same audience.
Help America's national shame (the subjugation of its people) become a glorious gain for God, because you hold the Key to freedom.
To Be Continued...
* Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2016: http://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2016.html
** Criminal Justice Fact Sheet: http://www.naacp.org/pages/criminal-justice-fact-sheet
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment series.