Friday, January 27th, 2012
Lights, Camera, Action (Part 14)
Abstain from every form of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 (NKJV)
Big questions face actors, models, and talent for Christ who are called into secular entertainment:
What do you do when you are offered a bad role? A role with lovemaking, curse words, scanty clothing, or even nudity? How can you be a light in a dark place if you turn down jobs? The field is ripe with violence, bad examples, and 'love' that's not love. Being 'bad' is expected--even celebrated.
What did Jesus have to say about all of this? 'Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to every creature' (Mark 16:15). Well, no place is more worldly than Hollywood, and nothing manmade can better reach 'every creature' than the worldwide web of media.
What about its wandering stars? 'Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance' (Mark 2:17). You are within the will of Jesus to enter this mission field.
Consider Paul's words: 'To the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some' (1 Corinthians 9:22).
Consider Daniel's example. He survived and thrived for a lifetime in an idol-worshipping culture called Babylon. His witness of God to the king changed an entire nation. Is Hollywood so different?
But what about bad roles and tough choices? Do what Daniel, Paul, and Jesus did. Love everyone. Strive to find common ground. Work to be 'Ten times better' (Daniel 1:20) than everyone else, like Tim Tebow; 'If practice makes perfect, then practice should make Denver's Tim Tebow an NFL star' (CBS Sports).
Combine the favor of God with the 'It Factor' of the Holy Spirit. Add in talent. Shape it up to outshine your competitors, and what have you got? An industry that wants you so much they will meet you on your own terms--even as an enthusiastic Christian.
And until that happens, practice. Pray over every role, job, and offer. Jesus will guide you. 'I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one' (John 17:15). Never sell out on the important issues of your witness to God.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Lights, Camera, Action series.