Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
Strangers In Hollywood (Part 7)
Lessons from Daniel: The Uncrossed Line
Let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.
Daniel 3:18 (NKJV)
Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated.
Daniel 3:19 (NKJV)
I believe Daniel and his friends provide excellent examples for God's upcoming stars of how to survive and thrive in a foreign land.
Not only is our world today under enemy control, but arts and entertainment are its communication task force. Propaganda is disguised in compelling programs we love to watch. Our lives are centered around media.
No longer is man the head of most houses; it's king media. We listen to his words over six hours a day. Cultural indoctrination overwhelms us. It's an ironic tragedy that we, as prisoners of war, are not forced into interrogation chambers to face the terrors of brainwashing.
We are sheep who run eagerly to the enemy's feeding stations: the talking screens of media. What are we eating? Lies. Life-stealing cons and innocence-grabbing hype.
In the story of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, the life-stealing con was idol-worship. It was the line they would not cross. Their resolve got them thrown into a lion's den and a fiery furnace. But God saved them.
'Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king' (Daniel 3:17).
Actors, models, and talent for Christ must also set the lines they will not cross. Idol worship is a big one. You will face other lines as well. Make prayerful decisions about things you will do and things you won't do.
Let God, His Word, and His Holy Spirit guide you safely and surely in your journey as a talented ambassador. Never forget your Boss, because you walk in His Victory.
Through Daniel, an idol-worshipping kingdom became a God-fearing culture. God has a plan for entertainment, and you are part of His plan.
As for the uncrossed line? It's a tightrope in the enemy's hands. Don't walk on it. 'No man can serve two masters' (Matthew 6:24), or you will fall. And don't get close to it. There's a bonfire on the other side, and it's not from God. You could get burned.
Therefore, steer clear of the uncrossed line.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Strangers In Hollywood series.