Daily Devotional for Tuesday August 23, 2005
Look Who is Selling Cars
(Proverbs 24:1; 1 Corinthians 5:11)
The other night as I was getting dressed to go do the Liveprayer television program, I had on FOX News in the background. I was buttoning my shirt, not able to see the t.v. but heard the familiar voice of Calvin Broadus, better known to the world as Snoop Dogg. It caught my attention since I was shocked FOX News would be airing commercials for Snoop Dogg?s porno videos, his latest business venture. I walked over to the t.v. and realized that this wasn?t a commercial for his porn videos. No, this was actually an ad for Chrysler cars and there was former Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca with their new spokesman Calvin Broadus, aka Snoop Dogg!
For those who are not familiar with Snoop Dogg, he is a 32-year-old man who made his fame and fortune selling gangsta rap albums. These are not just any rap albums, but some of the most vile, disgusting, degrading rap albums ever produced. Lyrics that glorify killing the police, degrading women in every way possible, encouraging the gangsta or thug lifestyle, treating drug dealing and pimping as respectable professions, and of course, featuring smoking marijuana as something wonderful. Actually Snoop Dogg?s first national exposure was on the album of another gangsta rapper, Dr. Dre called ?The Chronic,? a street name for marijuana. Recently, the industrious Snoop Dogg has branched out into the world of hardcore pornography, starring in his own line of tapes in addition to being involved with the infamous Girls Gone Wild series.
I guess the logical question that has to be asked is WHY would a respected publicly- traded company like Chrysler hire this man to be a spokesman for their cars? Another question is why would a legitimate businessman like Lee Iacocca associate himself in a commercial with someone like Snoop Dogg? Sadly, the answer to both questions is the same, MONEY! Chrysler is clearly looking to go after a younger demographic and made the choice to use Snoop Dogg to penetrate that market regardless of who he is. Iacocca, the former chairman of Chrysler has been brought back in a series of ads and obviously felt whatever he was being paid was worth it to associate himself with Snoop Dogg.
The point of this message today is NOT to tell you to boycott Chrysler or to write their chairman about how upset you with their horrible choice to use Snoop Dogg to sell their cars, though you should seriously consider doing both of those things. Hopefully some of these pro-family groups that focus on these issues will take those actions in the near future. My message today is to help you stay focused on how far down the drain our society really is. What better example could there be than when a well respected publicly-traded company like Chrysler sells it soul to someone like Snoop Dogg to market a few cars to younger people. The moral and ethical erosion in our nation is at a point where people no longer have a conscience. God, Jesus, the Truth of the Bible are so far removed from the daily life of this nation that people who take a stand of faith are called hateful, intolerant, hackjobs, out of touch, dangerous, and stupid.
Over these past 6 years since Liveprayer started, I have continued to do my best to help you understand that this is no longer a Christian nation. The daily life of this nation is no longer dictated by pleasing the God of the Bible but the gods of this world. We have traded in the Absolute Truth of God?s Word for the lie that says each person determines for themselves what is right and wrong. You now have churches claiming to follow Christ where the sin of homosexuality is glorified and celebrated, slaughtering babies is a perfectly acceptable ?choice,? there is no such thing as sin or judgment because we don?t want to offend anybody, the Bible is simply a book of guidelines not the literal Truth, building great buildings is a greater priority than building men and women of God, and people are told the lie that if they just do their best they will make it to Heaven.
Having said that, I submit to you today that this is a time of great opportunity for that faithful remnant who refuses to bow their knee to Baal. The end result of sin in a person?s life is a brokenness that opens their heart to the love of Christ. The end result of the sins of this nation will be a brokenness that will yearn for the hope only found in our Lord. You don?t need to be a prophet to know that the path our nation is currently on will end in destruction. We are already seeing it happening in the foundation of our society, the family. You can?t thumb your nose at God and choose to live in rebellion to Him and not end up destroyed. Having embraced the lies of this world, our nation is on that path of destruction. That means that there is coming a day, I believe that day is even now, where people are yearning for real Truth and the true hope only found in Christ.
I believe today that we are poised to see one of the great revivals in the history of Christendom that will spread throughout this world. I believe today that we are already starting to see a supernatural move of God?s Holy Sprit that will be unprecedented in human history. This nation is starting to realize that the lies of unlimited sex, unlimited money, unlimited restraint on behavior, have all led to destruction. It is in that decimated hopeless state they will be searching for the hope only found in Jesus Christ. NOW is the time to get serious about what God has commanded us to do and take His Word to the hiways and byways and bring in the hurting and lost!
That is what passionately drives me each day to continue the outreach of Liveprayer.com and the Liveprayer t.v. program. We are using the two greatest communication mediums that exist in the world to bring the Truth of Gods? Word and the hope and love of Christ to those who are lost and hurting literally 24/7/365. That is why I challenge you each day to turn from the things of this world that are distracting you and embrace your faith in Christ to rise up and be all God has called you to be. That is why I ask you to pray for me and this ministry each day as we boldly go outside the four walls of the church and into this dark and lost world with the light of the Gospel. That is why I share with you our needs so that we can compete with this world in getting the only true message there is to the masses each day.
I love you and care about you so much. Chrysler should be ashamed of itself for being associated with a man like Snoop Dogg. I realize that there is no shame in this world any longer, but it is unacceptable for a well-respected company like them to lower themselves into the gutter just to sell a few cars. As for Calvin Broadus, pray for him. He is obviously a very talented and gifted man. It would be quite a testimony if he would have a real encounter with the Lord, renounce his past, ask for forgiveness, and start using his talents and influence for the Lord. Pray for his salvation today.
Also, pray for the soul of this nation. This nation has sold its soul to the devil and is reaping the consequences of that choice. It is not too late for this nation to turn back to the Lord, however, it is up to those who know the Christ to take a bold and visible stand to lead the way. Lastly, pray for me as God continues to give me clear vision and direction in the role He is calling Liveprayer to play. We have been so blessed with the opportunity and ability to reach millions worldwide every day with the Truth. May the Lord continue to bless our efforts as we are faithful so that we can reach even more people each day that are desperately looking for the answers that are only found in Christ.
As we are winding down our 6th year, I am more passionate, more motivated than ever in what God has called us to do. I would have no drive left if we were simply marking another year of existence. I am not here to exist, I am here to make a difference. I realize that we have been given a difficult task in taking the message of Christ outside the Christian trough and into the world at large. A world lost in its debauchery. A world lost in the lies of satan. A world that has rejected God and wants to be left alone in its sin. But that is the same world Christ came to and gave His very life for. How can I do any less?