Saturday, November 5th, 2011
No doubt this man is a murderer... But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.
Acts 28:4,6 (NKJV)
Public opinion is fickle. It changes like a tide going in and out, but far worse. Because public opinion follows no predictable time or reason. In today's scripture, the natives of Malta thought Paul was a murderer receiving God's justice because he was bitten by a venomous snake. When he emerged unharmed, they decided he was a god.
Jesus said, 'Beware of men' (Matthew 10:17), 'Because He knew all men and... what was in man' (John 2:24-25). Jesus ignored public opinion.
Our politicians, news teams, and entertainment gurus worship it. They create polls, plans, policies, and shows attempting to read and please people. But what if they ask the wrong people? What if people change their minds? What if their ideas aren't good, right, or helpful?
What if God tells us just the opposite? 'Woe to you when all men speak well of you' (Luke 6:26), 'For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God' (Luke 16:15).
What if Jesus says, 'I do not receive honor from men' (John 5:41)? Shall we refuse honor like He did? Shall we turn down the Oscar, Tony, Grammy, or even a pat on the back? Absolutely!
That being said, winning a big award would be a splendid opportunity to give it away, to give it to God, to give public opinion something worthwhile to ponder. Imagine the surprise if more than one 'winner' gave the glory to its rightful Owner. That day is surely coming...
Because actors, models, and talent for Christ are coming into the entertainment industry with purpose and power. Because they seek to please an audience of One. Because in pleasing an audience of One they help countless other people. And in helping them, they fulfill their great commission.
Good news is always welcome.