Monday, August 19th, 2019
The Enemy's Game: Countermeasures--Respect
Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.
Mark 12:17 (NKJV)
Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
1 Peter 2:17 (NKJV)
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.
Romans 13:1 (NKJV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: As God's media missionaries, talented ambassadors for Christ, performers who give glory to God, messengers who bring Good News to fans, examples of a new kind of joy... you must respect all of earth's cultures.
Like Joseph when taken to Egypt, like Daniel and friends in Babylon, like Esther with the king of Persia, like Jesus amidst Roman warlords, like Paul among Greek academics...* respect the laws of foreign leaders.
Certainly, you can't expect to play on the crucial fields of media if you ignore or condemn their rules. Every successful missionary, called to governments throughout the world, first respected their resident kings.
Sadly, some Christians have forgotten the precedent of God's trailblazers. Because they have condemned Hollywood, you must be unusually kind and markedly different from them.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: every game has terms of engagement. Every new player has dues to pay, and even Christ gave them to Caesar. Because His Father allowed his reign.
Therefore, become as shrewd as serpents, but remain as innocent as doves.** Before your time, powerful kingdoms were transformed by the acts of God's stars. They adapted in pagan nations and played earth's games exceedingly well.
Yet they never sold out their Big Boss, nor did they forget His top two Rules:
'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself' (Luke 10:27, NKJV).
## The Enemy's Game: Countermeasures--Respect (Part 53)
* Paul at Athens: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2017:16-34
** Matthew 10:16, various translations: http://biblehub.com/matthew/10-16.htm
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series called, 'The Enemy's Game.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.