You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.
A bribe debases the heart.
Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves; Everyone loves bribes, and follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, nor does the cause of the widow come before them.
A bribe is an inducement to corrupt.* Corrupt comes from Latin, and it translates: to destroy, pervert or contaminate, all of which further the devil's desires.
But Jesus pummeled the perp's putrid plans. No part of Him was ever corrupted,** and He offers us His Own purity.
'If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin' (1 John 1:7, NKJV). But how many of us walk in the Light?
Judges and cops pervert justice for bribes;
Traitors and crooks destroy people for bribes;
News men and experts twist the truth for bribes;
Politicians pass evil laws for bribes;
Big bosses betray their workers for bribes;
Doctors prescribe dangerous drugs for bribes;
Regulators sell rubber stamps for bribes.
Celebrities endorse junk food for bribes.***
Do believers sell out Jesus for bribes?
As a sad indictment of our culture, some of these corrupting bribes are legal. We call them lobbying or marketing, but they still cause immeasurable harm.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, deny the bribe of a tempting role. A role others might call a big break may help break your connection with God. So how can you know which roles to take?
I believe each calling is unique. Clearly, our Lord was called to sinners and you're called to go into the world. Clearly, media can be sinful and God's stars can influence the world.
That being said, stay deep in prayer. Ask God to direct your auditions. Invite His Spirit to be there, too... and to give you peace in future roles. Bad parts always have a bad odor. Don't ignore a skunk in the closet, even if the room looks beautiful.
## Proverbs For Performers: Refusing A Bribe (Part 73)
* Definition of bribe: 'Money or any other valuable consideration given or promised with a view to corrupting the behavior of a person, especially in that person's performance as an athlete, public official, etc.' (Random House Dictionary online). http://www.dictionary.com/browse/bribe?s=t
** 'For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption' (Psalm 16:10).
*** The FDA Exposed: http://www.mercola.com/downloads/bonus/the-FDA-exposed/default.aspx
*** CDC Executive Resigns After Being Caught Colluding With Coca-Cola to Salvage Soda Market: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/07/12/cdc-soda-industry-coca-cola.aspx
*** Musicians popular with teens endorse mostly junk food, study finds: http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/06/health/musicians-endorse-junk-food/
*** Study reveals which celebrities are paid millions to endorse junk food and soda: http://www.sciencealert.com/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.