Friday, July 6th, 2012
Strangers In Hollywood (Part 10)
Lessons from Daniel: The End of Arrogance
The king spoke, saying, 'Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?' While the word was still in the king's mouth, a voice fell from Heaven: 'King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you!'
Daniel 4:30-31 (NKJV)
And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to Heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him Who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of Heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, 'What have You done?' At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me... I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of Heaven, all of Whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.
Daniel 4:34-37 (NKJV)
Unquestionably, the kings of Hollywood are arrogant. Regrettably, so are some kings of Christianity.
'Whoa,' you might say. 'These are harsh words, and Christianity has no kings but One.'
Remember that Nebuchadnezzar became a believer in God after the fiery furnace miracle. But believing is not enough. Nor is talking God's talk enough.
'You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe--and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?' (James 2:19-20).
Here's the thing: our faith is proven by our works, by our actions, and by our legacy. In chapter four of Daniel, the king describes another troubling dream. After Daniel interprets it, he adds:
'Therefore, O king, let my advice be acceptable to you; break off your sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor' (Daniel 4:27). The king did not follow Daniel's advice, so God humbled him severely. Once humbled, God exalted him greatly.
Actors, models, and talent for Christ, know two things:
1) God will humble the proud. Therefore, humble yourself and don't be proud.
2) Kings can be saved--even the kings of Hollywood, even prodigal stars. So continue to act in faith and hope. The end of arrogance is coming.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Strangers In Hollywood series.