Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, April 26th, 2013
Little League Games (Part 4)
Teens Without Tact
We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed.
2 Corinthians 6:3 (NKJV)
Nevertheless, lest we offend them...
Matthew 17:27 (NKJV)
To the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews... 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 9:20-22 (NKJV)
Tact is an 'acute sensitivity to what is proper and appropriate in dealing with others, including the ability to speak or act without offending' (The Free Dictionary).

I was a tactless teen; impetuous remarks jumped from my mouth into unhappy ears near and far. It's still a challenge for me. It's also a mark of immaturity, and too many people never grow up.

Teens without tact won't make it in the big leagues of entertainment. Unwittingly, Christian artists label themselves as peewee performers with foolish remarks. Examples:

Model: I hate these clothes. Can I wear something else?

Actor: I just don't get this part. Can I change some lines?

Singer: I only sing country. That's my thing.

Dancer: Can you wait until I get warmed up?

Christian performer: I'd like to speak with my pastor first. I need to pray.

Believers enjoy many advantages on Earth, including Christ-centered homes, uplifting fellowship and a church education.

But these advantages can become a disadvantage for God's performers if they don't learn how to talk the talk of entertainment--with tact. Because 'Christianese' is a foreign language in Hollywood. To a godless culture, it seems like weakness or a supernatural bias. They just don't understand it.

Evangelizing is risky business for Christians. Therefore, many do not attempt it. They stay home and play it safe. Therein, they ignore the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, and that's a big risk.

But it's also a risk to speak without tact, without timing and without situational awareness of the person or culture you visit. You risk misrepresenting Christ.

Therefore, learn from Jesus. Learn from Paul. Learn to speak the language and respect the customs of the land of entertainment. Represent Christ by your actions. Speak with diplomacy. Only then will you be promoted to the major leagues of media.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Little League Games 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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