Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Practice Makes Perfect (Part 12)
Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
Romans 13:7 (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)
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)
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 Rome.* Of course, they lost. Because Jesus condemned no one, except the crooked reporters themselves.**
In His ministry, Jesus respected both the Laws of Moses and Rome. He worked within the rules of God and man, 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 purpose: idol worship. It's a deep-rooted fascination 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, He enables you to break the spells that bind.
But remember: to effectively enter any foreign culture, missionaries must learn and respect its customs--even those of entertainment: not to abandon God's most fundamental Rules, but to embody them.
By this practice, a better Way is shown. Love pierces the enemy's offense. 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 to play. In you, fans will discover the Hero they've been waiting to find.
To Be Continued...
* 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
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Practice Makes Perfect series.