The Coolest Of The Cool
To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the Gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
1 Corinthians 9:21-23 (NIV)
Christians entering the entertainment industry must not only fit in to the culture, but surpass it--both in talent and the 'cool factor' of the times. You might ask, 'Why, for heaven's sake, would we want to be like today's wandering stars?' For Heaven's sake is exactly why.
But here's the difference: you don't want to be like them. You want to lead them.
In any mission field, missionaries and ambassadors for Christ must live among its people in a non-judgmental, loving, and gracious way. Hollywood and New York are no different, except for one thing: God's performers must be even more beautiful, stylish, and talented. The entertainment industry is competitive. Therefore, you must excel beyond the current standards of excellence. You must be extraordinary.
You must be 'Ten times better' (Daniel 1:20).
Here's the big part: you won't get the big part unless you win at their game, and you won't get in the game at all unless you appear to play by their rules. Yes, your rules are higher rules, but they don't know it yet.
'What if I or my child become corrupted?' you might reasonably ask. Worldly reason cannot enter a faith-filled mission. Neither can fear. You go forth with the blessings, power, and the protection of God Himself into an abundant harvest. At first glance, entertainment execs and eager fans see only your talent. But your never-failing joy will invite a deeper look.
Being the coolest of the cool does not mean selling out God. It means selling up God--to them. Just like Daniel. Just like Paul. Just like you.