For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.
Party politics is big business with important people. It's a network of agreement between power players of influence, where deals are made, policies are set, and lives are changed. If a newcomer gains favor from the winning side, his career gets a boost.
In the entertainment industry, party politics can be meeting the right people socially. Red carpet events twinkle with stars. Star makers enjoy the scenery. Performers enjoy being seen. It seems like innocent fun, but is it?
Undoubtedly, roles are cast by meeting the right people in the right places.
Tough Question #9: Should Christian performers engage in party politics?
On one hand, David says, 'I do not sit with deceitful men, nor will I go with pretenders. I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked' (Psalm 26:4-5). Why? 'Evil company corrupts good habits' (1 Corinthians 15:33).
On the other hand, Jesus sat with 'Tax collectors and sinners' (Luke 5:30). He explained, 'I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance' (Luke 5:32).
The difference is who's calling the shots. In Jesus' case, the party was God's. Sinners were trying to win His favor. And they did. In David's case, the party was not God's. Therefore, David was not interested in their favor.
Tough question #9 requires tough self-examination: When you walk the red carpet, whose favor do you chase? Are you trying to please the ultimate Power Player by shining His light in a dark place? Or, are you trying to please the world's power players in a power play of your own?
'For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His Shoulder' (Isaiah 9:6). As 'Ambassadors of Christ' (2 Corinthians 5:20), your 'Citizenship is in Heaven' (Philippians 3:20). Know your identity without a doubt--before considering a 'Yes' to engage in party politics.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Tough Questions For Christian Performers series.