Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
Tough Questions For Christian Performers (Part 4)
Local Laws
Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.
Mark 12:17 (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)
For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the Gospel's sake.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (NKJV)
To be a missionary in a foreign nation, you must respect its customs. If you refuse to live by local laws, you'll end up in jail. If you condemn its culture, you'll end up at home.

Tough Question #4: Can you live in the culture of entertainment? Can you be flexible enough to work in a place where the rules are vastly different from your own?

Consider the mission field of media. A battle is at hand. To be won or lost are the eyes, ears, and hearts of God's children. To get in the action, actors, models, and talent for Christ must be spiritually strong and professionally savvy.

Jesus directs you: 'I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves' (Matthew 10:16).

In other words, be shrewd enough to play by their rules, but innocent enough to maintain your values. Because Jesus Who made you innocent will keep you innocent--if you keep your eyes on Him. Through His wisdom, you can work in this culture. Through His victory, you can rise.

As a dove rises, you will rise above the field. And from the height He gives you, you will see the lost. More importantly, they will see you. Joseph, Esther, Daniel, and Paul did it. You can do it too.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Tough Questions For 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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