For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.
Today, truth is a game called Blind Man's Bluff, and we are the people wearing blindfolds. The bluffer just needs to sound convincing.
Politicians and salesmen of all sorts, reporters and rulers in every field, train hard to become masters of the game. Their win depends on appearing honest, so the world's lost sheep will follow their lead.
The Bible calls these bluffers false shepherds; they live off of their flock--and not for them.*
Updates to the game of Blind Man's Bluff flow from communication technology. The internet, computers and cell phones bring speed, excitement and countless spinoffs. Masters of modern bluffs are virtual: bloggers, tweeters and viral videos. They're bold and brash... or nameless and sneaky.
Basically, Satan became a media mogul. Stars became media celebrities. Fans became celebrity worshippers.** Pastors became worshipping millionaires. God's rewritten Word became their fortune. Morality became adaptable.
Integrity became irrelevant. Lies became good for TV ratings. False witness became artistic license, and Truth became a Book on our tables. Legions of little lambs were sacrificed on the altars of media's profit by the cunning craftiness of deceit.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your rise on entertainment's stages is a long-awaited casting call to reopen a case for The Truth. If you're a victim of false witness, ignore it and keep moving forward. If you're tempted toward telling lies (because everyone around you lies), then create a new inner circle.
## Proverbs For Performers: Don't Con Anyone (Part 28)
* I'm certainly not saying all leaders are bluffers, and I pray that God multiplies those who are truthful. But as 21st century believers, we need to be aware of this game and its current strategies. 'Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices' (2 Corinthians 2:11).
** The recent death of Prince, a member of entertainment's royalty, showcased an amazing amount of ardent devotion from media in general and his fans in particular.
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.