What is still one of the most common responses when it comes to morality in America is a quote that simply is trite because it has been thrown around for so long. Usually with the wrong use. “Judge not or you will be judged.” (Matthew 7:1) Which has turned into, “Only God can judge me.” Or the latest, “Don’t judge me.” Meaning, “I can do whatever I want. I am only responsible to God for what I do.” Which, funny as it seems, is far worse than me judging you. God is perfect in all His ways, I am not. He will judge accordingly. And, as John Branyan put it, “You should be scared if you are waiting for God to judge you.”
Regardless, the Bible’s statement about judgement does not end there. But the question is how should a celebrity act when they become Christians? How do they proceed with their work? What if their work generally contains some not so “Christian values?” Does that mean they stop acting? How about if they are rock and roll or country singers? Do they stop performing secular music? There is a lot of “ifs” in the equation. And do Christians have the right to judge them to begin with?
If your profession demands hard rock and insanity on stage that clearly does not reflect Jesus, how do you move on. What if you are under contract? What if the lines for your character expect some rather foul words? Maybe a scene involves having sex with another actor or actress? Or even just a kiss with someone you are not married to?
Hollywood demands a great deal from those who are aiming to become a success there. Much of which is simply not moral. How do you portray a hero that kills a bunch of people? The list goes on and on. And we pray that God changes Hollywood as a whole. Just so long as they make those movies we love.
Should a movies star be changed upon getting saved? Of course. But then we are all supposed to be changed. If something in us is not changed, maybe we are just doing lip service. But that’s not the point.
When a person becomes a Christian, they are giving control of their life to God. But, we know that can be a slow process as we come to understand Him better. Becoming a Christian in Hollywood can destroy your life.I mean, think about it. The entire existence of that town is to promote quite literally whatever you want. It is the closest thing we have to a real “Fantasy Land.” A place dedicated to satisfying the flesh through the visual.
Yes, a celebrity who is a Christian should be changed. Yes they should become moralistic in the choices they make. Yes, their lives should become a reflection of Jesus. And, yes the Bible specifically says I have the right as a Christian to judge whether or not a person is saved by their actions. In fact, it’s in the same chapter of Matthew that says judge not. Just 15 verses down. It is in the same section as the “sheep in wolves clothing” area. Which brings in a whole new subject that we are not going into. Essentially, though, not all sheep in wolves fashion are ministers or members of the church.
But the key here is not saying as Christian I do not have a right to judge, because I do, I just don;t have a right to condemn. Sentencing is not in my list of things I am qualified for. But if I do not judge, I can open a million doors over time to create a plethora of problems. I will close with an example of what I mean and why it is imperative that we learn to judge. And to do so with great care.
Did you realize that every time someone asks your advice they are asking you to judge them? Judgement is not the same as condemnation. When Jesus said not to judge another person, He meant not to condemn them. If you do not properly judge people, you will have strife, drama, and a whole list of other issues negatively affecting you and the ones you love. Judgement is good, Condemnation… Not so good!
We will speak more on this. But know for certain, God loves mankind so much that He gave up His only Son for our salvation. Judgement can come from a true, loving heart. It is good for us sometimes. Especially if it points us to Jesus.