Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
The Understandable Mistake of Christian Performers (Part 2, Conclusion)
Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
Romans 12:9 (NKJV)
In seeking to 'abhor evil', to 'cling to what is good', to 'come out from among them and be separate (2 Corinthians 6:17), to 'be holy and without blame' (Ephesians 1:4), to be 'His own special people, zealous for good works' (Titus 2:14), many Christians isolate themselves in churches.

They follow God's counsel to communion with Him and with each other, but they exclude communion with obvious sinners. They go on mission trips for a week or two, but they live the rest of their lives in the company of believers like them. Born-again Christians will surely go to Heaven.

But who will they bring with them? Where is their fruit? How have they multiplied their talents? Are they baby Christians who never grow up or move out? Babies 'cannot fight the good fight' (1 Timothy 6:12), because fighting evil and running into burning cultures to save a life is for heroes and fire fighters.

It's for actors, models, and talent for Christ, because the mission fields of entertainment are burning millions of children. Staying home, sequestering themselves, and boycotting Hollywood have given Satan free reign.

Look where it's gotten us. The loss of innocence is epidemic and worldwide.

The cure for the understandable mistake of Christian artists and fans is Jesus, because 'a true knowledge of God's mystery... is Christ Himself' (Colossians 2:2).

'A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another' (John 13:34). We cannot love from a distance. We must 'go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation' (Mark 16:15). That includes Hollywood.

Preaching is teaching. Teaching is acting. A command performance for the King is requested.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Understandable Mistake of Christian Performers series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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