Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
Tough Questions For Christian Performers (Part 3)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--His good, pleasing, and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
In my Star Trek years, 'assimilation' into the dreaded Borg species was a fate worse than death. The Borg was a brilliant super-power: a cybernetically enhanced race with the goal of 'achieving perfection.' They would connect their captives to a collective 'hive mind' and erase their unique characters.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines 'assimilation' as 'the process by which a person or persons acquire the social and psychological characteristics of a group.' Which brings Christian performers to...
Tough Question #3: Can you succeed in the culture of Hollywood, but not be assimilated into it?
Many stars today seem to have adopted the character of a godless throne. Therefore, churches and parents remain fearful and distant. But consider the examples of Joseph, Esther, and Daniel. Each of these Bible heroes rose to fame while living in pagan nations--from youth onward.
They learned new rules and a new language. They honored their kings and helped their governments. But they never bowed down to idols or forgot the One True God. As a result, Egypt, Persia, and Babylon respected the Lord of Hosts--because their kings respected His ambassadors. Therein, countless lives were saved.
Can actors, models, and talent for Christ repeat this star performance in Hollywood? Can their excellent examples and love of God influence the destiny of the world? God says 'Yes!'
But remember the purity, passion, and commitment shared by Joseph, Esther, and Daniel. Their wholehearted love of God kept them focused on His purpose. Therein, they resisted an ungodly assimilation into a foreign culture.
God's performers must be equally focused, 'That you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light' (1 Peter 2:9). 'The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it' (John 1:5).
You can be His light in the darkness of entertainment--without compromise and without assimilation.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Tough Questions For Christian Performers series.