Monday, October 22nd, 2012
Tough Questions For Christian Performers (Part 16)
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
Romans 13:1 (NKJV)
Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
Romans 13:7 (NKJV)
Oaths and promises are sacred to God. Because He always keeps His Word to us, He expects us to keep our word to Him--and to others: 'Let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No,' lest you fall into judgment' (James 5:12). Even when Joshua was tricked into an agreement with an alien nation under false pretenses, Joshua honored it:
'This we will do to them: We will let them live, lest wrath be upon us because of the oath which we swore to them' (Joshua 9:20). Because God says, 'Do what you have promised' (Numbers 32:24).
But what about agreements in the fickle entertainment industry?
Tough Question #16: Do God's performers have to sign contracts, and if so, should they honor them no matter what?
In the entertainment industry, contracts are standard. Loyalty is not. Understandably in today's fault-finding culture, talent executives seek to protect their companies. Whether from arrogance, ignorance, or a lack of commitment, promise-breaking performers cost them time and money.
Therefore, contracts are weighted in favor of the business. Written by their own attorneys, agreements attempt to hold new talent accountable for every mistake made by past talent. So, what's a Christian performer to do?
If you want the role, play the field intelligently. Read the papers you are signing. Get advice. Can you live with the conditions? If not, suggest reasonable changes, but don't expect VIP agreement to major alterations. Until you reach a status of bargaining power (a rarity for new talent), you may need to 'Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's' (Mark 12:17) to get your start.
As for keeping any agreement that you make (verbally or in writing), a man of God 'Swears to his own hurt and does not change' (Psalm 15:4). By keeping your word, God will protect you and bless you, because 'A faithful man will abound with blessings' (Proverbs 28:20).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Tough Questions For Christian Performers series.