Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Radiance (Part 3)
No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
2 Corinthians 11:14 (NAS)
How you have fallen from Heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn!
Isaiah 14:12 (NAS)
If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters... You cannot serve God and wealth.
Matthew 6:23-25 (NAS)
The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the Light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, Who is the Image of God.
2 Corinthians 4:4 (NAS)
Secular stars of film, fashion, music and theater are radiant. They are charismatic. They are magnets--drawing attention to themselves with talent and tantalizing life stories. Casting directors court them. Top designers clothe them. Award shows crown them. Star gazers cherish them--while photographers capture every possible pose.
Meanwhile, networks mine for new gold: unknown performers line up--waiting to be discovered. The producer's desire to find stars is exceeded only by the public's lust to become stars. Fans dream of their own debut. By way of social media, millions try to launch themselves, and some even succeed. But at what price?
Now fueled by the explosion of reality TV, the lure of fame is like the Siren's call to Odysseus--almost irresistible.* Its cost? Incalculable. But along with the cost comes a tragic give-away item: our children's innocence.
'It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble' (Luke 17:1-2).
So here's the thing: God still owns radiance, but Satan has staked an impostor's claim with fake gold. For reasons known only to God, 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2) has temporary authority to share his artificial brilliance:
'And the devil said to Him, 'All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours' ' (Luke 4:6-7).
How can you recognize a media impostor? It's easy. Turn off the man-made lights, because he cannot glow in the dark. His shine is limited to a stage. On the other Hand (namely the righteous right Hand of God), actors, models and talent for Christ do glow in the dark. Because that's where they shine best.
'The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it' (John 1:5).
To Be Continued...
* The Siren's call: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siren
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Radiance series.