Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
The Enemy's Game: God's All Stars--Jonah
God said to Jonah, 'Is it right for you to be angry...?'
And he said, 'It is right for me to be angry, even to death!'
But the Lord said... 'Should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left...?'
Jonah 4:9-11 (NKJV)
Jonah* speaks to this age of media, because both Nineveh and Hollywood revolve around the worship of idols. If Jonah detested the Ninevites for the harm they had done to his people, do Christians hate the kings of Hollywood for all the harmful examples today?
Consider the storyline of Jonah:
1) Jonah received a commission from God: to warn the Ninevites of disaster unless they repented from their bad ways. But he didn't want his enemies spared.
2) Therefore, he jumped a ship to flee from God, which now seems remarkably short-sighted... because no one can escape from His reach. Jonah, His prophet, should have known better..
3) When God hit the boat with a dreadful storm, Jonah made a praiseworthy sacrifice. He saved the ship by going overboard. In response, an enormous fish saved him.
4) During three long days of damp, dark downtime, Jonah got prayerful and repented. He ended up going to Nineveh, and they ended up in repentance, too.
5) But the story ends on a bitter note. Jonah wasn't happy God let them live. He was still haunted by unforgiveness, not yet embracing the power of love.**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: How does this story relate to you? Some Christians harbor unforgiveness for the entertainment industry. They focus on the sins of its stars, but overlook their own planks of sin.
Instead of going forth with Good News, too much of the church has run away. The result of this run is dreadful, because Satan's foothold grows stronger. Bottom line:
Which sinners bear more obligation? The ones who've never met Jesus Christ? Or the ones who call themselves Christians?
## The Enemy's Game: God's All Stars--Jonah (Part 87)
* Short article: What should we learn from the life of Jonah? http://www.gotquestions.org/life-Jonah.html
** I fully believe Jonah now lives with God and hope to meet him one day. Remember, Jonah wrote the Book of Jonah. To me, his authorship indicates he learned the hard lessons of love and forgiveness every believer must master.
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.