Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
Practice Makes Perfect: Customs: Entertainment
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
Romans 13:1 (NKJV)
To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.
1 Corinthians 9:22 (NASB)
Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.
1 Peter 2:17 (NASB)
When Jesus said, 'Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's' (Mark 12:17), He stunned His nation's top reporters. He didn't just meet the press, He beat the press. Because in His Day, scribes were newscasters.
Before He beat them, they tried to beat Him. By asking Jesus a question with no easy answer, they hoped to trick Him into condemnation of God's Law or Roman law.* Of course, they lost. Because Jesus condemned no one, except the crooked reporters themselves.**
In His ministry, Jesus respected both His Father and Jerusalem's governor, and He succeeded in every purpose of His Life.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: as His ambassadors, you are called to the entertainment industry: an alien culture with strange customs. Why? Because media holds more power than any conquering nation.
Back then, the Romans could only take bodies; but today, media goes straight to the heart.
The result? A vast number of earth's citizens are under the influence. To them, entertainment is god: a dream-weaver binding hearts, minds and bodies to one fascinating purpose: idol worship. It's a deep-rooted fixation with countless destructive gods.
Therein, you are warriors: God's physical manifestation of the spiritual fight for His people. Within you is the power to overcome evil with good. By a great show of love, God enables you to break the spells that bind.
But remember: to effectively enter any foreign culture, missionaries must learn its customs and and respect them--even those you dislike: not to abandon God's most fundamental Rules, but to embody Them.
By this practice, love pierces the enemy's offensive line. Kindness weakens his defense, and faith scores the goal; it's a touchdown. Jesus did it first and won a Cross-hanging victory for His team.
But before He closes the field, He wants to add as many players and fans as possible. So the game continues, and it's your turn on the field.
In you, fans can discover the Hero they've been waiting to find.
## Practice Makes Perfect: Customs: Entertainment (Part 12)
* Mark 12:13-17: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mark+12%3A13-17&version=NKJV
** In Matthew 23, one of the most condemning Chapters in the Bible, Jesus targets religious hypocrites: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+23&version=NKJV
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2014 series called, 'Practice Makes Perfect.' In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Practice Makes Perfect series.