Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.
You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven.
I have heard and said, 'Let's reclaim the mountains of arts, entertainment, and media for God.' Or, 'We're taking back the entertainment industry for God.' These heroic words were my marching orders. They excited both me and God's performers.
Because we're sick of what we see in media: easy sleaze, friendly fiends, and fun seductions. We're angered to the edge of fury by the sacrifice of our children. We're ready to storm the gates of Hollywood with swords in our mouths and signs in our hands.
A sprinkling of bold believers have faced those gates. They shouted scriptures of fire and hell. Their faces were distorted in hatred. But the gates held and nudged them away with a sly smile.
It's time to grow up, get wise, and follow Jesus.
'When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things' (1 Corinthians 13:11). Paul, arguably the world's greatest evangelist, spoke these words at the conclusion of his famous epistle on love (see 1 Corinthians 13:1-8).
I believe the placement of this 'growing up' scripture is purposeful, because the bottom line in spiritual maturity is love. Jesus spoke it, lived it, and won the ultimate battle with it. So, I need to set the record straight for both myself and actors, models, and talent for Christ.
The Great Commission in Entertainment is love--not hate. It's good news--not hell. It's living in this foreign culture without condemning it. It's not about 'reclaiming' but proclaiming--in actions first. It's not about 'taking back' but giving forward.
Hate never wins. Love never fails. Arrogance will be stripped away--especially from Christians.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Great Commission In Entertainment series.