For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more... 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.
But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Christian actors are divided about on-camera romance. For rising stars headed into secular entertainment, to kiss or not to kiss is an in-your-face dilemma.
Denzel Washington has kissed on camera. 'There are only four women in the world: the one you marry, your mother, your daughter, and all the rest of them. As long as you keep that perspective, you'll be all right' (People Magazine interview).
Kirk Cameron has not: 'I'll only kiss my wife.'
Both Denzel and Kirk are publicly professing Christians. Both are known all over the world. Denzel is a mainstream superstar who has risen to the top of secular entertainment. So far, he has been nominated for five Academy Awards and won two.
Denzel's response? 'For whatever reason, God has blessed me with the ability, put me in a position to make these leaps and bounds. I'm fulfilling my part of the bargain, which is to give back and be a positive influence on others.'
Kirk began his career in mainstream media as a teenage heartthrob on a hit show called 'Growing Pains.' Since then, he has taken a different path. Today he is a Christian superstar who has risen to the top of overtly faith-based films. Kirk's response? 'I'm not perfect in my walk, but I want to do the right thing.'
So what is the right thing? Tough Question #8: Do Christians accept or turn down roles with on-camera romance?
Both Denzel and Kirk are role models, and both are selective about the roles they take. Only God can judge their ultimate performances. But in researching their hearts and the fruit of their labor, each man shines to my human eyes.
Therefore, actors, models, and talent for Christ must prayerfully consider on-camera romance. Ask God. He will guide you onto the sound stage of your destiny. You will know your decision is right by the peace you feel and by the fruit you bear. Fans will know it is right by the witness you share--especially off-camera.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Tough Questions For Christian Performers series.