Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, March 16th, 2020
Proverbs For Performers: Calling Evil Good
Whoever rewards evil for good,
Evil will not depart from his house...
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.
Proverbs 17:13, 15 (NKJV)
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Isaiah 5:20 (NKJV)
Confusion regarding good and evil is one of the devils's battle tactics.

His first conquest was the Lord's first couple. They got trapped by looks, likes, wants and feelings. But are we any different today?

Because if we're charmed by the look of things,
If we're concerned with all manner of likes,
If we're fixated on the stuff we want,
If we're compelled by our heartfelt desires,*
Goodness gets twisted and hung out to dry.

Because evil dresses up quite nicely. It roots itself in popularity. It seduces us into obsessions. It reduces us to selfish feelings. It preaches cultural conformity but cheats with moral relativity, where each man decides for himself what's good.**

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Media's seductive creations specialize in making bad look good, where stars become pretty little liars. Worse than the fictional roles they play are their celebrity endorsements. Star-struck fans buy everything they sell.***

So know your role in God's production. You're ambassadors pointing skyward:

Where good looks depend on the Good Book,
A beauty treatment that transforms us;
Where likes aren't just virtual friendships,
But love from an ever-present God;
Where what we want the most is Jesus,
Who never fails to provide for us;
Where injured feelings from wounded hearts
Become testimonies to God's grace.

## Proverbs For Performers: Calling Evil Good (Part 76)

* 'The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?' (Jeremiah 17:9).

** Consider this root of spiritual decline described twice in the Book of Judges: 'In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes' (Judges 17:6, 21:25).

** Previous Devotion 4-part series, Moral Relativity:

*** Musicians popular with teens endorse mostly junk food, study finds:

*** Study reveals which celebrities are paid millions to endorse junk food and soda:

NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' 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 Proverbs For Performers 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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