Monday, December 23rd, 2013
The Straight Up Word (Part 5)
The Street Called Straight
So the Lord said to him, 'Arise and go to the street called Straight...'
Acts 9:11 (NKJV)
So you shall not turn aside from any of the Words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Deuteronomy 28:14 (NKJV)
Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.
Proverbs 4:27 (NKJV)
Make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
Hebrews 12:13 (NKJV)
I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.
Isaiah 42:16 (NKJV)
Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.
Matthew 3:3; Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4 (NKJV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: what if it's your job to straighten up this crooked world before Jesus comes back? How? You're not the police. Exactly. Christians are not the police. But that's how much of the world sees us: as judgmental, holier-than-thou phonies.
Meaning? They see televangelists with answers who ask us to buy them. They see preachers in mansions say, 'Come, follow me.' They see Christianity as mass hysteria, mass hypocrisy, or at best, a mass of hopeful, but ignorant people.
Am I speaking harshly? Possibly. But since I spent my first 51 years as an outsider, I may be qualified to speak for the pack.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You're not stern-faced judges, the lock-up patrol or prosperity preachers. You're communicators. It's the gift God gave you: an extraordinary charisma that catches the attention of an audience: an audience not likely to walk into a church.
Consider your talent in acting, modeling, singing, dance or comedy as bait. With it, you go fishing. 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men' (Mark 1:17). After they bite, you reel them in with your unusual behavior. Unusual?
'Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control' (Galatians 5:22-23) are unusual qualities in a twisted world. Against such things, no one can argue. 'Against such things, there is no law.'
You make the paths of the Lord straight by straightening out two huge misunderstandings: 1) Who are Christians? 2) Who is Jesus?
Because He's gotten a bad rap in most of our world, and too many people are determined not to follow Him because of this bad rap. They need to see the straight-up Word acted out in real-time by straight-up stars.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Straight Up Word series.