Saturday, October 20th, 2012
Tough Questions For Christian Performers (Part 14)
Proclaim this among the nations: 'Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near, let them come up. Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, 'I am strong.' '
Joel 3:9-10 (NKJV)
You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 2:3 (NKJV)
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV)
We serve a God of action. Old Testament adventures stir our blood and astonish us. The exploits of God's heroes top anything ever done on screen, and they are absolutely true. By comparison, fiction melts like film in a fire, and celluloid stars are one-dimensional puppets.
They're attractive puppets, but they're also 'Dumb idols' (1 Corinthians 12:2). In this case 'dumb' means 'lacking the power of speech' (Random House Dictionary). The men holding their golden strings are writers, directors, and studio kings.
This harsh definition of movie stars is meant only to direct God's children to the One Who must be directing their actions first: God. Which brings us to...
Tough Question #14: How do Christian performers handle hot action scenes?
Basically, they handle them like champs. Like Chuck Norris, fighting bad guys and reminding us of God's truth: 'Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good' (Romans 12:21). That 'Hope does not disappoint' (Romans 5:5), and that 'Love never fails' (1 Corinthians 13:8).
They handle them like Jesus Christ, showing that in humility is ultimate strength because 'The Lord lifts up the humble' (Psalm 147:6), and forgiveness is the way to life: 'For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you' (Matthew 6:14). And more: that 'Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends' (John 15:13).
On the other hand, hot action that glorifies evil as fun and bad as profitable is confusing. Innocent eyes get lost and prodigals dig in deeper. 'Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness' (Isaiah 5:20).
Therefore, actors, models, and talent for Christ must be diligent in telling the truth--even in fiction. If they play a bad guy, then he should fall. If they play a good guy, then he should rise. Because good always wins in the end, and this story can be told in a million entertaining ways. So go and tell it.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Tough Questions For Christian Performers series.