Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
The Enemy's Game (Part 87)
Star Players: 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 is a great story for Christians. If Nineveh in the days of Jonah is like media in this current age, if both of these cultures were influenced or dominated by idol worship, if Jonah detested the Ninevites for the harm they had done to his people, do Christians hate the kings of Hollywood for the harmful examples of today?
Consider the storyline of Jonah:
1) Jonah received a commission from God: to warn the Ninevites of disaster unless they amended their evil ways. But he didn't want them advised or spared.
2) Therefore, he jumped a ship to flee from God, which now seems remarkably short-sighted. Because no one can escape God's notice, and Jonah, as a prophet, should obey.
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 repenting, 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 seeing all of earth's people sinned.**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: How does this story relate to you? Some Christians harbor unforgiveness for the entertainment industry. Although Jesus gave His followers a Command similar to Jonah's, with Good News preceding repentance, too much of his church would run away. The result of this run was dreadful, because Satan's foothold was strengthened. Bottom line:
Which sinners bear more obligation? The ones who've never met Jesus Christ? Or the ones who call themselves Christians?
To Be Continued...
* 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 will master.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.