Sunday, July 29th, 2012
The Great Commission In Entertainment (Part 2, Conclusion)
Love Her Relentlessly
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
Isaiah 61:1-2, Luke 4:18-19 (NKJV)
Standing in opposition to the 'reclaiming' speeches of the 'Seven Mountains' ministry is Jesus Christ. He reclaimed nothing on earth. He refused to be crowned king by eager believers, and He subjected Himself to the cruelest worldly authority.
He showed that rendering 'To Caesar the things that are Caesar's' (Matthew 22:21) meant more to Him than money. It meant respecting the leaders, laws, and customs of the land in which we live. For Him, it was Jerusalem under Rome. For us, it's Hollywood under a host of kings.
Our Great Commission in Entertainment must reflect His final words to His disciples:
1) 'Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you' (Matthew 28:19-20). We make disciples with love--not condemnation.
2) 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature' (Mark 16:15). The Greek word for 'gospel' means 'good news.' Since scripture is a foreign language to most people, godly communication begins with actions rather than words. Kindness is universally understood.
3) 'And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name to all nations' (Luke 24:47). Jesus' love for us gives us a clean slate and a fresh start. So, look upon the painted face of entertainment as a wayward daughter. Love her relentlessly until she turns to ask you why.
4) 'So Jesus said to them again, 'Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you' ' (John 20:21). Jesus sends us to Hollywood in peace, not war. We're not told to go forth as power-hungry disciples in a Bible-stamped takeover bid. That stamp of approval is false. Just ask Jesus.
And follow His Great Commission... especially into the entertainment industry.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Great Commission In Entertainment series.