All of us, especially Christian artists, have a tremendous responsibility placed upon us by Jesus himself.
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of things that cause sin! Such things must come, but woe to the one through whom they come!”
Jesus warns us that we must protect our children, all children from sin.
As a parent, I am keenly aware of my responsibilities to keep my children from harm. Don’t let them play with matches, don’t let them hit others and so on.
Jesus tells us how the humility of children is a key to heaven.
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.”
We are tasked with protecting the innocence, the humility and the purity of children. If we promote sinful behavior or provide sinful behavior to children, “woe to the one through whom they come!”
How many parents promote sinful behavior in their children because “they’re going to do it anyway?” How many parents are so enveloped in their own sins that they unwittingly teach their children such acts should be emulated?
As film makers, we have an even greater responsibility because our reach can be far greater than just to our own children.
How many artists create material that leads to sin? How many songs promote sin? How many movies show sin as appropriate or enviable behavior?
How many ads or commercials use sin to sell their products? How many actors portray characters that show sin without any moral consequence? How many writers fill novels with lurid tales that show amoral behavior in a positive light?
What a great and awesome responsibility we have, as artists, in the great moral struggle for souls.
Yes, the bible is full of sinful acts and lewd acts, as well as amoral and immoral behavior, but they are all within the context of a singular path to salvation.
There are moral consequences to sin.
King David, for example, falls in love with Bathsheba and sends Uriah, her husband, into a battle and causes him to die. The prophet Nathan chastises David and when David asks God for forgiveness, God grants it, but not without cost… the life of his child (2 Samuel, Chapter 12).
Sins cost us.
Let us remember Jesus’ stern warning to us all… that we won’t promote sin or be the conduit of sin to others.
The consequence to our souls will be weighed by the damage done to the souls others through both our acts or our failure to act, creating a heavy millstone around our necks.
Lord, give us strength and wisdom to inspire all children to follow your great example and live a pure and holy life. Let that be a testament of our faithfulness to you and your teachings during our time of judgment in your presence.