Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
The Straight Up Word (Part 6)
When Up Is Up And When It's Not
Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Come up to Me on the mountain and be there; and I will give you tablets of stone, and the Law and Commandments which I have written, that you may teach them.'
Exodus 24:12 (NKJV)
Therefore you shall lay up these Words of Mine in your heart and in your soul...
Deuteronomy 11:18 (NKJV)
Uphold me according to Your Word, that I may live.
Psalm 119:116 (NKJV)
When is up, up? When God is there.
When is up not up? When God is not there.
When what should be up is down and what should be down is up, the world is a sorry and confusing mess. Those within it are encouraged to get down and dirty--not as farmers, but as farm animals. God never intended men to live like pigs.
Consider it this way: 'Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!' (Isaiah 5:20). Like vampires as heroes, or seducers as stars.
Undeniably, media glamorizes evil. Bad looks good. And without truly good examples, children follow truly bad ones. Consequently, they lose their innocence--and sometimes, their lives. Instant communication multiplies this cause and effect by millions. It's a media disaster.
Modern man's worst natural disaster pales by comparison. Since major news networks play a role in this ongoing tragedy, few choose to report it.
In Jesus' time, the reigning administration described the first disciples of Christ as, 'These who have turned the world upside down' (Acts 17:6). Consider it a world of weeds, and a new team came to the field. Their job? To break up the fallow, weed-ridden soil--and grow a new crop. The Truth was coming up.
So are actors, models and talent for Christ. You're coming up. And along with you? Truth, light, love, joy and peace. The fruit is abundant, because God is there and people are starving.
Your job is to break up today's fallow, weed-ridden soil--and grow a new crop: to make good bolder in film, fashion, music and theater: to stand up for those unable to stand up for themselves. 'For the Lord is able to make them stand' (Romans 14:4).
To you, they will look up. Through you, they will stand up. That's when up is up.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Straight Up Word series.