The increase of media outlets and advancements in technology has advanced the scope and impact of the art and entertainment industry. Movies and music of various genres are every now and then released, and the actors and the other important contributors in the industry have become centres of attraction, impacting and influencing their viewers in enormous ways. Various media outlets that air these movies and music are part of the richest companies in the world, having tremendous views and likes.
I must add sports to the arts and entertainment. Ranging from soccer, football, tennis, handball, volleyball, amongst many others, young men and women spend time either engaging in the sports as players or as spectators. The players and teams who have excelled in their gifts receive such great audience, evident through their social media handle followers. For example, Cristiano Ronaldo, the Juventus and Portugal forward has over 125 million likes on his official facebook page, 261 million followers on Instagram and 91 million followers on Twitter1. Serena Williams, a tennis player has over 12 million followers on Instagram2 and over 10 million followers on Twitter3. Imagine the impact a message carried by these people will carry to these people. As a result, corporate and private companies like to associate themselves with them and have them as their brand ambassadors.
That begs the question of “Is God interested in the arts and entertainment Industry?“. Let me answer that question by stating that whatever we see now, is a manifestation of what God had created. God created man in His image with the inherent abilities to carry forth everything He gave unto man. However, some of them have been corrupted by the devil to spread forth his evil agenda and cause many to dwindle from the purpose of God for them. He created the devil as an archangel with music capabilities. The Bible says that:
… The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes
Was prepared for you on the day you were created.Ezekiel 28:13 (NKJV)
As such, God was interested in arts and entertainment before creation of man. Having created man in His image and after His likeness, man has that deeper like for arts and entertainment. Man was created with the potential to give and enjoy entertainment. Throughout scripture, we see the varied forms of praise and dance (with varied capabilities to play instruments) that God’s people gave unto Him. Look at what David says in Psalms 150:
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.Psalm 150:3-5 (NKJV)
With this great potential to get the attention of man, the devil has seized that opportunity to use many men and women in this arena to promote His agenda. Just as with pride He was cast away from the presence of God, so in these days He blinds the eyes of men and women to acknowledge the source of their abilities. In doing so, he has diverted the glory that is due God unto Himself. Through songs and movies, the agenda of the enemy has been projected and is sending many people to hell.
I must admit that there are several Christian movies and music out there. striving to compete with the growing industry that propagates the agenda of the devil, they have broken through with little resources and producers to leave a mark for others to follow. Beckoning on a new generation who understands the call of God to possess this arena, they have labored through their challenges to create awareness of God’s agena and have also carried forth the message of God and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ far.
However, God is still in the business of raising men and women built up with the truth to capture this pillar. Having been built up with the truth, they shall use their abilities to promote the message of the Kingdom of God, and through their godly living inspire a lot more others to live for Christ. They will not be moved by the number of followers, but will continually acknowledge that it is Grace that has made them who they are. God does not hate arts and entertainment, so we should avail ourselves for God to use in that field if we have been called there.
Thank you Father for your word I have read today. I appreciate your love for me and the gifts and talents you have given unto me. I pray that you will grant me the grace to excel at the assignment you have given unto me. These and many other blessings I ask in the name of Christ. AMEN!!!
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