The Actor's Conscience
by Joshua Nicholson
friends, we’ve got a big problem. Being a
part of the entertainment industry, we lose sight of a little something
I like to call “servitude and humility”. We are told
to be confident in what we do. Be sure of ourselves. Stand proud
and show ‘em what you’ve got. There is some good in
this, but there is also a whole world of bad.
me explain. In all aspects of the entertainment industry, there
with egos the size of Everest. This is also true even in the church world.
Worship leaders, church staff members, and even some preachers
have heads that are enormously
disproportionate to their bodies. This is a dreadful situation.
as the church are supposed to be servants of the community, giving
and guidance with humility, gentleness, meekness, and kindness. We’ve
got to remember that we are just people, like everyone else. (To use an old
all put our pants on one leg at a time.”) We must remember to serve
others, minister to others, and show others love.
what does this have to do with entertainment?”
it easy, cowboy! I’m getting there.
a big chunk of the nation has been caught up with American Idol.
(And, before you
start bashing me for talking bad about
the show, know that I,
watching the program.) If you don’t know, the premise of the
show is for a “nobody” to become a big pop star and sell
millions of records. There are millions of people around the nation
who have this dream but will never
see it come to fruition. The same is true for most of the people
who want to be big-time television/movie stars.
truth is, though, that most all of these fantasies are greedy.
Why do most people want to get into the entertainment business?
is supposed to get all of this fortune and glory? ME! ME! ME!
This is just the opposite of what the Bible teaches us. We aren’t supposed
to store up earthly treasures but those in Heaven. We are not to receive glory;
we are to give it all to God. (Yeah, you remember God, don’t you? He’s
the one that gave you all of these cool abilities in the first place…and
the food in your belly…and the air you breathe…and everything else!)
are you saying, then? Are we supposed to quit the entertainment
industry and start doing something else?”
it there, buckaroo! Don’t jump the gun just yet. Let me explain.
gave us all some really cool abilities. Most of the time, these
abilities have nothing to do with entertainment. These
things in which
we need to focus a good chunk of our time and energy. We
must also figure out (seeking
God for guidance) how we can use these abilities to glorify
God and spread the gospel. Remember, our main task is the Great
KJV Mark 16:15-18
15. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel
to every creature.
16. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth
not shall be damned.
what about the people who have the entertaining talents?!”
okay! Simmer down there, partner! (Why I keep using cowboy references
I don’t know, but it’s fun, isn’t it?)
those whose talents are acting, singing, dancing, and the like
must use them for the
furtherance of the gospel. Witnessing isn’t a talent, it’s
a necessity of all believers. Jesus didn’t say, “Okay, all
of the people to my right, you are the ones that will talk to people about
everyone on the left, you’ll just go along your merry way, doing
whatever it is you want with the talents I’ve given you.”
this in mind, don’t do stuff that would make people question
your salvation. Pick your projects carefully. Don’t speak a bunch
of filth in the songs you sing or the jokes you tell or the plays you
do. Be a
shining light to the world around you and never feel pressured to compromise
your morals. Don’t give in to the wickedness of the world, no matter
how profitable it may seem, because what seems profitable on earth will
usually lead to destruction. (Remember I Timothy 6:10, it’s the
love of money that is the root of all evil.)
all of this boils down to is be a good steward of your gifts. To
whom much is given, much is required. And, don’t do it for fortune
and glory. Do it for God, and don’t hold back. Save souls at
all costs. If you were to spend your entire life here on earth working
save one single soul, wouldn’t
it still be worth it? Serve others. Be humble in what you do, accepting
none of the glory for yourself, and the Lord will open the right doors
for you at
just the right time.
blessed and, more importantly, be a blessing. May God direct you
along the path to victory!
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