I am a missionary to Canada and more specifically the "Entertainment Industry" in Canada. Since January of 2014 God has called me to be an advocate to Entertainment Industry. Throughout this year I have found myself defending people in the film industry more than ever. The sad part is, that I'm defending them from Christians...what? It's true. Example: the director of the movie "Noah" staring Russell Crowe was directed by Darren Aronofsky, an atheist. Every day for about two months I heard christians making fun of him, cursing him and running him down like he's some evil demon who's going to bring down all world religion through 1 movie.
We (christians) were making Darren Aronofsky more atheist by the minute everyday. It would not stop! He needs Jesus! Not bad-mouthing Jesus Freaks with rocks in their hands!
So there I am with my best friend a professional actor at a Vision Night with this "Light in Film" ministry. We are in a prayer circle as we were getting prayed for. Suddenly, my spiritual mother begins to pray then looks my friend in the eyes and starts to ask for forgiveness and apologize on behalf of the church body for all the years of verbal abuse from christians. All the condemning words and criticism spoken. Finally someone stepped up and stood in the gap on behalf of the actors across the world! The heavens are stirring!
"Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. When they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the laws commanded us that such should be stoned! What do you say Jesus?”
But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger as though He didn’t hear them…So He is officially ignoring them…when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first!”
Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience went out one by one beginning with the oldest even until the last, Jesus was left alone and the woman standing in the midst…Jesus raised Himself up, saw no one but the woman.
He said to her “women, where are those accuser of your? Has no one condemned you?” She says, “no one Lord!” Jesus said to her, (no doubt with a smile) “neither do I charge you with an offence, go and sin no more.”
I think Jesus for us exemplifies the attitude, heart and the spirit of an advocate. Notice they said, “Jesus! She’s caught in adultery!” And they proudly declare “We caught her in the very act!” And they say, “what do you say Jesus!” And the quote the law accurately, “what do you say Jesus? What do you say?” Notice that He says nothing. Which tells me that a spirit of an advocate is slow to speak.
If we’re all honest…it’s pretty easy to let the attitude of an accuser windle it’s way into your life. I think if we were all honest we’ve had a rock or two in our hands. It’s easy for us to go “oh, I’m not an accuser.” But, it’s in our attitude it’s in our spirit.
Accusers have levels of lawsness, have you noticed this? I’ve noticed this in my own life. I define levels, perticully in industries that are in the forefront of our entertainment and music…we easily throw rocks at actors and actresses and artists “I can’t believe their lyrics, I can’t believe their music, I can’t believe the movie they did! Oh my God it’s so bad!” I hear Christians making fun of promenade figures in entertainment and on television, because we can take cheap shots at them, because we think we’ll never know them! But some of them are my friends and I’m trying to pastor them, love them and yet I hear Christians making fun of them!
They need a church too! They need a pastor too! They need someone who will show them the love of Jesus too! Is our gospel big enough to welcome everybody in our church? Are we big enough for actors and actresses and artist? Are we big enough to say “come on, you’re welcome here. This is your family, this is your home, we’ll love you.”
Jesus is the great leveller. Even the physical posture of Jesus preaches the message of grace to us. For Jesus, posture is down in the dirt. While the religious, pompous, arrogant leaders of today stand in their arrogance with rocks in their hands!
These postures even demonstrate the attitude of an accuser and the attitude of an advocate. Oh they stand so tall and proud. But with the words of Jesus He levels the playing field and he says “oh pastor, reverend, bishop you’re the same as this woman. You’re no different!”
We don’t need anymore churches standing in their arrogance with rocks in their hands and their pockets. We need churches that are in the dirt with people that are broken and hurting and need the love of God.
That’s got to be the church. We run towards the messes, we run towards the broken, we run towards the hurting. We don’t turn away, we run towards them! We’re there to hold them, love them, defend them, think well of them, speak well of them, believe the best!
That’s the spirit of our savior! What if we had a whole church that was thousands, then tens of thousand and hundreds of thousands in the same region. And all of us carried the attitude of an advocate. The attitude of compassion, the attitude of mercy, grace and love towards hurting broken lost people.
And at the end of this story, Jesus tells this sinful woman. “I don’t come to bring you accusation,” He says “now go and sin no more.” Do you know why? Because she just encountered grace and faith erupted in her heart and now she can finally live the life she could have only dreamed of.
Because its grace that sets people free from sin, not law, not legalism, not customs, not traditions, not do’s and don’ts, but the grace of God!"
“Jesus is Our Advocate”
From: Jesus is Music Project
Jamie has been in FILM since 1994, and is a full time minister of Jesus Christ to the FILM INDUSTRY