Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, July 2nd, 2012
Strangers In Hollywood (Part 6)
Lessons from Daniel: Respecting Royalty
You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of Heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the Heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all--you are this head of gold.
Daniel 2:37-38 (NKJV)
And Jesus answered and said to them, 'Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.'
Mark 12:17 (NKJV)
God is clear that we must respect the kings and rulers of this earth.

'Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves' (Romans 13:1-2).

What if the governing authorities are bad? Remember when King Saul chased David to kill him--even though David saved Israel? But David remained loyal to Saul. Israel's young hero refused to harm its evil king.

' 'The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord's anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.' So David restrained his servants with these words, and did not allow them to rise against Saul' (1 Samuel 24:6-7).

Actors, models, and talent for Christ must respect the kings of Hollywood.

I hear passionate Christians say, 'We're taking the mountain of arts and entertainment,' or similar words of determined conquest. Understandably, they want to overthrow the current talent administration because its media is destructive.

But God tells us they are serving His purpose. What purpose? That's for Him to know and us to find out... eventually. But consider:

1) Allowing darkness to 'Cover the earth and deep darkness the people' (Isaiah 60:2) sets a great stage for a dramatic conclusion. Against a dark backdrop, God's stars shine more brightly.

2) Hollywood is controlled by the Jews, who remain God's beloved. Perhaps He wants its current kings to see the heart and face of Jesus through loving believers, as opposed to accusatory impostors.

Just like Daniel honored the kings of Babylon and Persia, God's performers must honor the kings of film, fashion, music, and theater. How? By respecting their customs and speaking positive words. As Jesus demonstrated upon His cross, 'Love never fails' (1 Corinthians 13:8).

Therefore, 'Honor the king' (1 Peter 2:17).

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Strangers In Hollywood series.

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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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