Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Surprising Christians (Part 1)
And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, 'How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?'
Mark 2:16 (NKJV)
Jesus ran a shock and awe campaign. He continued to surprise everyone, except the most faith-filled.

I believe that Christians entering the entertainment industry best serve the cause of Jesus Christ by being 'Surprising Christians.'

After all, Hollywood is stale. Movie moguls make remakes of remakes. When someone finds gold with a show or a movie, everyone comes to the same stream. Something new is exciting! But it doesn't stay new very long.

The kings of Hollywood have some wrong ideas about Christians, because the media plays up every so-called Christian who falls, judges, rants or raves. They see us as condemning, 'holier than thou,' hypocritical complainers.

The run from the Bibles we carry. Even worse, they bat them out of our hands with a media hailstorm that follows us from boardrooms to bedrooms. Even churches are crumbling under enemy fire.

Therefore, we who are actors, models and talent for Christ have an urgent mission in a pivotal mission field. We have important work to do.

'And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light' (Romans 13:11-12).

The armor of light makes us 'Surprising Christians.'

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Surprising Christians 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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