Friday, October 12th, 2012
Tough Questions For Christian Performers (Part 6)
Leave him alone; let him curse, for the Lord has told him to.
2 Samuel 16:11 (NIV)
Some actors, models, and talent for Christ choose to go undercover in the entertainment industry, and they have biblical precedent. Some Bible heroes did the same thing, by partially or fully concealing their true identities until a moment of revelation--stars like Jesus, Moses, Abraham, Sarah, Esther, Joseph of Arimathea, and Nicodemus.
God guides His courageous ambassadors in foreign lands on every diplomatic mission, keeping them true to Him in all ways that matter most. He knows they cannot influence a culture for good without rising to prominence within it.
Tough Question #6: Where does cursing stand among Christian actors gaining ground in Hollywood?
As a rule, Christians don't curse. As a rule, Hollywood does. In fact, cursing and 'bad' behavior are increasingly blatant. What should Christian performers do when offered roles with curse words?
They should ask their Father. He will put the right limits in their hearts and on their mouths.
Among AMTC grads, we have seen working actors choose to speak curse words and others choose to omit them. We have seen bad words refused, scripts altered, roles won, and lives changed. Triumph! We have also seen adults curse on camera and ask forgiveness at home--all while leading others to the Lord. Triumph!
Jesus Himself sets a limit: 'And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven' (Luke 12:10). Consider each role in godly counsel, but never curse His Spirit within you or to others. Never deny His power.
One day, when actors, models, and talent for Christ have risen to the level of prominence that God ordains, they will be in position to raise a new standard in words, hearts, and minds. The Bible says the enemy's flag will not fall until Jesus returns, but in this mean time, God's performers will lift the King's standard high above the crowd.
And many will see it. And millions will turn to follow.
To Be Continued...
P.S. Today's devotion is an update of an AMTC devotion written September 26, 2011.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Tough Questions For Christian Performers series.