Monday, October 8th, 2012
Tough Questions For Christian Performers (Part 2)
The Mission Field
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people.
Isaiah 60:2 (NKJV)
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
2 Timothy 3:1-4 (NKJV)
Dark shadows dance through the entertainment industry. Eager eyes catch the airborne enchantment--beguiled by the fantasies they watch and the stars they follow. God says, 'My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge' (Hosea 4:6).
Compare the culture of media to the culture of Babylon: 'For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality' (Revelation 18:3). Considering the web's global reach, the shoe seems to fit.
Understandably but unfortunately, Christians avoided the mission field of entertainment for decades. We shunned it--even condemned it. When God's performers hung close to the steeple, bad got bolder among all of the people.
Instead of taking up our 'Cross daily' (Luke 9:23), we were singing hymns gaily. Instead of following Jesus' great commission, we left home on a one-week mission. Instead of spreading the good news to all nations, we bought our children the latest play stations. All told, we hunkered down quite comfortably with our kin.
The result? 'Lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold' (Matthew 24:12). And for families with no knowledge of the truth? 'They sacrificed their children to their idols' (Ezekiel 23:39).
But is the woe of other people our responsibility? Must we be our 'Brother's keeper'? (Genesis 4:9). Yes! Jesus said, '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).
Tough Question #2: Will God's church in the United States continue to ignore the beggar at its gates?
Because that 'beggar' is the field of arts and entertainment. He lives here, but his voice is heard worldwide. Or will our churches prepare, equip, and send their most talented disciples to become His standard-bearers within it?
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Tough Questions For Christian Performers series.