Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, November 6th, 2011
Sin is not charged against anyone's account where there is no law.
Romans 5:13 (NIV)
Imagine a culture with no laws. You can do what you want. It's not called 'wrong,' because no one has agreed on the rules. You see things are crazy and people are getting hurt, but you're not sure what to do about it.

This culture is our world. But is it a culture of evil, ignorance, or both?

Many Christians (a.k.a. saints) think the lost, prodigals, and criminals of this earth are sinners. But could the greater sinners be those of us who know God's law and believe in Jesus Christ, but disobey both?

Ananias said to Paul, 'The God of our fathers has chosen you that you should know His will, and see the Just One, and hear the voice of His Mouth. For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. And now why are you waiting?' (Acts 22:14-16).

I believe saints who wait in silence sin.

Jesus said, 'This Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come' (Matthew 24:14). Before that end, He gave us a great commission to stand 'As a witness to all the nations.'

Could the Lord God have allowed this all-encompassing cloud of media to cover us for this very purpose? For communication of His message? For His stars to shine in darkness? Could the movement of actors, models, and talent for Christ be His 'True Light which gives light to every man coming into the world' (John 1:9)?

The lost and prodigal children of our nations are seeking truth, good news, and a path that leads to joy. God's performing saints must take their rightful positions on stages near and far. They must act in the love they were made to show.

After all, love never fails. Only God can truly define saints and sinners, and it is His will that we 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature' (Mark 16:15). Even more--that not 'One of these little ones should perish' (Matthew 18:14).

Our use of the word 'sinner' is not helpful. Only God can judge. But, we do have a golden opportunity in entertainment and a great commission set before us.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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