I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your Word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
Without a doubt, the entertainment industry has become the enemy's game. The rules changed with the nullification of the Hays Code in 1968.* Consider one of its basic tenets (agreed to by Hollywood studios):
'No picture shall be produced that will lower the moral standards of those who see it. Hence the sympathy of the audience should never be thrown to the side of crime, wrongdoing, evil or sin.'
For decades, filmmakers (mostly) agreed. Even so, the Code's enforcement was slack, and Christians did not rise in its defense.
Eventually, it was discarded... replaced by our current rating system: a sliding descent into lawlessness. Therein...
If entertainment might be called a game,
If the devil made a big power play,
If men of conscience looked the other way,
If pleasing men meant more than pleasing God,
If talented Christians walked off the field,
If they buried their gifts under steeples,
And refused to invest them in the world,
If they condemned all the popular shows,
With 'Holier than thou' words and faces,
If they seemed like religious hypocrites,
To the fans who disliked their arrogance,
And saw in them no love, joy or kindness,
Then those Christians forgot their Commission,
And misrepresented their Leader's Heart.
Because Jesus loved honest sinners, and He hated religious phonies. Besides, leaving the game was our choice. But children suffered the consequence.
Since then, two generations have passed. Bad has grown increasingly bolder. Good has grown increasingly sheltered. Children have grown increasingly confused. By our separation from media, have we been about our Father's business?
'And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation' ' (Mark 16:15, NIV).
## The Enemy's Game: When We Left (Part 1)
* The Hays Code: http://www.screenonline.org.uk/film/id/592022/
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.