Should a Christian go into the entertainment business knowing it’s controlled by non-godly people who are actively promoting misinformation, sensuality and downright deception? That’s a good question. Many of us have had questions like this as we seek jobs and relationships with other people.
We know what the Word of God says on this subject.
II Corinthians 6:14-18 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
That’s pretty clear. We’re not to be “unequally yoked.” If you have two mules pulling a cart and one is twice as strong as the other, the cart is going to go around in circles. That’s an example of being unequally yoked. But do these verses mean we cannot work in an industry that is dominated by darkness? Does it mean we cannot work for a company that isn’t Christian owned and operated? I don’t think so.
Let’s look at some more Word on this subject before we draw our conclusions.
I Corinthians 5:9-12 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
Here’s the heart of the matter. Paul makes the distinction between Christians and unbelievers. He plainly says we are not to keep company with a Christian who is indulging in the works of the flesh. He’s careful to say he doesn’t mean unbelievers because if he did that means we couldn’t be a viable spiritual force in the world as we go about living life, sharing God’s Word and building relationships.
Here’s another verse for us to consider.
I Corinthians 15:33,34 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
The NIV says it this way: “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” The idea is that if we hang around with corrupt people, we stand the risk of being corrupted ourselves.
With all this solid, good Word of God to go by, what is the answer?
Matthew 5:13-16 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
You Are God’s Asset
Think of yourself as God’s asset. He purchased you with the price of His only begotten Son. He has sent you into the world to sprinkle it with salt and to enlighten it. You are the light of the world. Have you the boldness to say that out loud? Say it now! “I am the light of the world.” Did you say it?
I’m thinking you either didn’t say it or you hesitated. I know I hesitated. Jesus is the light of the world; it almost sounds sacrilegious to say I am the light of the world. But Jesus said I, Richard Golko, am the light of the world because I represent him in this world. I am a light-bearer. Are you?
Sprinkle Your Salt Everywhere You Are, Whatever You are Doing
Let’s look at Jesus’ heart on this matter.
John 6:6-17 I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.
Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.
For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.
I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.
All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.
I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.
While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe byc that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.
I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.
For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
We are in this world but not of it. We are sent into this world to bear witness to Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. If we take ourselves out of every place the devil has a stronghold, we cannot take a stand for our Lord Jesus Christ in those places. A little sprinkle of salt goes a long way where none can be found. You are that salt. You are that light. Don’t fear and don’t make yourself so self-righteous that you cannot possibly enter such a place. Keep your identity in Christ in the forefront of your renewed mind and be a Christian wherever you are.
I’m obviously not talking about getting into industries that are totally corrupt such as the porn industry. Those things that are expressly prohibited by God are not an option for Christians. I’m also not talking about subjecting yourself to temptations you know you have a hard time resisting. If you have a history of temptation in a certain area, you’re silly to put yourself into situations where you are tempted. Don’t be childish in your understanding of these things, be mature and use the Word of God as your guiding light.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
You can work for any company you want unless God specifically tells you not to. You can enter the entertainment industry, you can work at a company that has a Satanic symbol in its logo, whatever. God needs people everywhere and you can go where angels fear to tread. The key is keeping your spiritual head on. If you find that you’re in a situation where the temptation is too great or the things being done are too ungodly for you to sustain your renewed mind and try to make a difference, then I’d say at that point you need to do whatever you need to do to keep yourself in fellowship with your Father God and your Lord Jesus Christ.
Rely on the spirit of God within you and renew your mind to God’s Word. Take a stand for Jesus wherever you are and be that salt, be that light. God bless you in Jesus’ name. Stand!