Daily Devotional for Sunday October 23, 2011
TV's Biggest Loud Mouth is Back
(Exodus 23:25; Ephesians 6:7; Psalms 37:3; Hebrews 13:16)
Television's biggest loud mouth who lives in rebellion to God and the Truth of His Word is getting another TV program! Homosexual rights advocate and a leading proponent of gay adoption, Rosie O'Donnell, who came back on TV a few years ago when she took Meredith Vieira's place on the ABC talk show "The View," is getting her own solo talk show on Oprah's network. What a shock!
Rosie who thinks Christianity is no different than the Taliban, seems to still be in the news, whether it be her ongoing feud with Donald Trump, or for any number of outrageous and over-the-top comments on world events she makes from time to time.
People like Rosie, Ellen DeGeneres and Rachel Maddow, two other lesbians who are bold and visible homosexual rights advocates, false-hope merchants like Oprah and Dr. Phil, who are seen nationwide 5 days a week have an INCREDIBLE amount of influence on the thoughts and views of millions of people.
Let me break this down for you. Think of any of the people you see on Christian television. The cold reality is outside of the Christian community, in the marketplace, the average person on the street hasn't got a clue who any of these people are. The only one with any kind of name recognition in the marketplace is Pat Robertson due to the outlandish things he often says and his heavy involvement in politics, and Billy Graham who became well known and established in the era before we separated ourselves from the world by creating our own little subculture I refer to as the "Christian trough."
Because these major Christian media ministries primarily target those who are already Christians and market their message and resources to those already in the Body of Christ, they have left a void in the marketplace that is filled by people like Rosie and others who live their lives in rebellion to God and His Word and lead the masses in unrighteousness. Every day tens of millions of people have their views of life influenced by the people they see on television.
Twenty-four/seven the secular networks pump out every kind of Godless, anti-Biblical message imaginable that pollutes the hearts and minds of the viewers. The lies of the world are told without opposition and become the "truth" in the lives of those who hear them day after day.
God has called us to make a difference in this world we live in! One of the biggest problems I see in the daily lives of most followers of Christ is that they live DOWN to the standards of this fallen world we are part of for these few years, and not UP to the standards of God so that they are making an impact with their life. This is exactly what Christ was talking about when He said that we are the "salt of the earth" and the "light of this world." If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, if you know the Lord in the pardon of your sins and have given your heart and life to Him by faith, God has called YOU to make a difference with your life in this world we live in!!!
Every person who knows the Lord can witness their faith to others. You don't need to be a Bible scholar to tell people what Jesus has done in your life and to share the simple plan of salvation with those in your life who are lost. Jesus said the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. There is so much Kingdom work that needs to be done, enough for every child of God to find the areas they are passionate about and serve God in those areas. All of God's children should be prayer warriors. All of God's children should be utilizing a percentage of the resources God has entrusted to you to further His Kingdom. These are all ways each one who knows the Lord can make a difference with their life.
However, the greatest impact you can have for the cause of Christ is simply how you live your life each day. By simply living according to God's Word, you become part of the "peculiar people" set apart from those in the world who live without Christ in their hearts, simply by the choices you make each day. Never forget, you may be the only Bible a person will ever read. Your greatest witness for Christ will never be what you have to say, but how you live your life each day.
I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying for you today. Praying that you will clearly hear God's voice in this message today as He is calling you to make a difference with your life, to make an impact in this fallen world that we live in. That does not mean you have to quit your job, pack up and move to some jungle in South America. No, God has called you to make that impact right where you live each day. He has strategically placed you right where you are at today for a Divine reason and purpose. Part of that reason is so that you can make an impact with your life for Christ! Again, the greatest way for you to do that is simply by living your life each day for the Lord and following His Word!
Here is something for you to think about. Those who don't know the Lord are making an impact, albeit it a very negative one, on this world each and every day. Look at the incredible negative impact people like Hugh Heffner and Larry Flynt have made with their lives, lives in complete and utter rebellion to God. Look at the impact a man like Adolph Hitler made. He came from very humble beginnings, he didn't have money or position, yet impacted this world in such a profoundly negative way. Madelyn Murray O'Haire, one lone women was largely responsible for taking prayer out of the schools. The examples of men and women who live their lives in rebellion to God and make a huge negative impact on this world are almost endless.
Perhaps the most dangerous people who live their lives in rebellion to God and make an impact in this world, are those who lead people AWAY from knowing Christ and His free gift of everlasting life. This would include those who are part of the false religions of the world, the cults, the New Age philosophies, all who reject Jesus Christ and operate in complete rebellion to God's Word.
Included in this would be people who have a huge influence on our culture today. People who are in the movies, on TV, singers, and others in the entertainment industry. Believe it or not, today with so many people who are void of any relationship with God but are hurting and looking for answers, they often turn to these types of people who will lead them AWAY from the one true hope and answer there is, faith in Jesus Christ!
One way I have chosen to do that, is to take on the Rosies and Oprahs and Dr. Phils of this world, going after their same audience and telling them that there are answers, there is hope. However, their answers aren't found on the Rosie or Oprah or Dr. Phil show, they are found in God's Word! Their hope is NOT in Rosie or Oprah or Dr. Phil, it is in JESUS CHRIST!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,