How many times have you heard someone say that actors, singers, athletes…those whose job is to entertain us should remain silent with it comes to American and world politics and social issues?
They say they are unfairly taking advantage of their platform and influence in matters that they do not know? They say they are using their notoriety to push their own personal agenda. Wow! How arrogant is that?
Doesn’t everyone use their notoriety, influence, platform, connections to push their own agenda?
Isn’t everyone in America supposed to have a voice no matter what their occupation?
How better can you leverage your talent to entertain or athletic ability than to use your influence for any political or social cause that has godly implications?
God gave 12 unknown men notoriety and the platform to change the world and only one of them wasted it (Judas). Then comes Saul/Paul, who was well-known, a religious elite superstar in his fight against the church.
Philippians 3:4-5 (NKJV)
4 though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee;
Once converted by Jesus and appointed apostle to the Gentiles, he used his influence to build the kingdom of God instead of fight against it. Of course it got him in trouble with those in authority. He took his fight for the cause of Christ all the way to the political capital of the Roman empire by appealing to Caesar while on trial.
Acts 25:10-12 (NKJV)
10 So Paul said, “I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you very well know. 11 For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar.”
12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, “You have appealed to Caesar? To Caesar you shall go!”
I may not agree with every entertainment and athlete activist, but they would be wasting their fame if they didn’t use it for what they believe in…especially those who call themselves Christian.