Monday, August 8th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 91)
There is a generation that curses its father,
And does not bless its mother.
There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes,
Yet is not washed from its filthiness.
There is a generation--oh, how lofty are their eyes!
And their eyelids are lifted up.
There is a generation whose teeth are like swords,
And whose fangs are like knives,
To devour the poor from off the earth,
And the needy from among men.
Proverbs 30:11-14 (NKJV)
For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power... always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2 Timothy 3:2-7 (NKJV)
Could our generation be described as haughty and headstrong lovers of pleasure? Has our grand land of opportunity been transformed into an amusement park? Is celebrity our leading export, enriching studios and superstars? Have we become self-centered consumers trying to buy the American dream?
Are we thought of as 'Sheep to be slaughtered' (Romans 8:36) by clever media merchandizers? Does corporate greed spur personal lust, tempting us to live by their examples? Is this corruption mainly in the world, prompting us to hide in Christian bubbles?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: God's generational indictments published in Proverbs and Timothy were not for outsiders, but for us. He wasn't spelling out the world's sins (although the world is surely sinful); He describes a sickness in the church, so His beloved sheep would be warned...
'That you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the Word of life' (Philippians 2:15-16). 'This is the generation of those who seek Him' (Psalm 24:6).
For such a time and in such a way, you've been called to rise in media: to ignite a new generation, as modern 'Ambassadors for Christ' (2 Corinthians 5:20).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.