Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
Respecting Kings And Cultures (Part 2, Conclusion)
For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
1 Corinthians 9:19-22 (NKJV)
Actors, models, and talent for Christ have been cast in supporting roles for the life and death drama called 'entertainment.' Most people think the action we see on our screens is fiction, but it's not. Every show springs forth from the true purposes of the men that make them.
'For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks' (Matthew 12:34). A battle is being waged in media.
So far, it seems like the enemy is winning. Fallout includes a pandemic loss of innocence, unwanted pregnancies, single parents, school shootings, human trafficking, overcrowded prisons, and epidemics of addiction. In promoting lust and glamorizing violence, entertainment tells our children that bad is good.
But God's army of light is advancing. They enter this field at the eleventh hour. The flag of truth is flying. His performers will not be stopped and their roles cannot be denied, unless they walk off the set... or do something stupid. Like what?
Like disrespecting the reigning kings, criticizing a foreign culture, or forgetting this war is won by love.
Remember that you must live in a culture to win the hearts of its people. You must learn their language to find common words. You must walk with them for a moment to enable them to walk with you for eternity.
Meditate on the actions of Jesus. Study the evangelism of Paul to become God's most effective ambassadors in the land of Hollywood.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Respecting Kings and Cultures series.