Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, July 20th, 2020
Judgment: What In The World?
In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 (NKJV)
I will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud and abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.
Isaiah 13:11 (NASB)
Hatred. Warfare. Abortion. Rebellion. Corruption. Irreverence. Occultism. Terrorism. Pornography. Celebrity. Idolatry. Antipathy. Ungodly legislation. Conspicuous consumers. Unwelcome immigration. Conflicting opinions. Confusing legislation. Glamorized violence.

Media mania. Prescription addictions. Black and white divisions. Moral relativity. Confederate flags. Prejudicial cops. Disrespectful kids. Absent dads. Bossy wives. Mean bosses. Mass shootings. Crowded jails. Tainted food. Skimpy clothes. Easy sex. COVID.

From irritating to horrifying, from debatable to contemptible, the state of our world sparks righteous concern. What's a God-fearing believer to do? Mustn't we condemn the evil we see? But does condemnation follow judgment?

Once, a new Shine student asked this question: 'What kinds of things have Christian performers done that make mainstream VIPs feel judged?'

Wow! What an unusually wise man!. As an outsider for 51 years, I was awed by his sensitivity. I counsel my beloved kin in Christ toward similar considerations.

Because it's outsiders to whom we're sent. And if we're ambassadors for Christ...

Representing a compassionate King,
One Who commissions us to spread Good News,
One Who encourages immigration,
One Who sends us to add to His kingdom,
One Who accepts a pledge of allegiance,
Even from dirty, rotten, no-good guys...
Do our voices of judgment serve Him well?

## Judgment: What In The World?

* See 'The Treadmill Experience' under AMTC's Transformation:

NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Judgment.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. 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.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment 2020 series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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