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The Bible and Theatre?  It has been said that you will have a difficult (or impossible) time finding a Bible verse relating to theatre. The closest thing to actors in the Bible could be the Old Testament prophets, who upon many occasions frequently became living illustrations of their prophecies. The prophet who did the most “illustrated sermons” was Ezekiel. So maybe if you are planning using your acting talents to proclaim a biblical message Ezekiel 3:17 might be appropriate; “Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.”

The Bible is about being and doing, not pretending to be, so a verse about acting is either nonexistent or would have to do with not being a hypocrite.It has been suggested that there may better choice for you. You could pull something from 1 Corinthians 9:19-22. Paul is not speaking of acting, but relating to people as they are. It’s close;

Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.” 

Satan for years has taken advantage of man’s technology in order to cause deception, doubt, discouragement, diversion, defeat and delay to those he chooses to devour. The performing arts are an essential treasure chest for Satan to lure man away from God through such mediums as television, plays, stories, movies, etc.  Through Illuminate His Word, it is our mission to participate in sharing the Gospel and support the efforts of those who have chosen the performing arts to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ as well. All over the world Christian theatre venues are sprouting up.

Year after year we see more Christians in Hollywood taking a stand for Christ and directing, acting, producing films to share the greatest love story ever. It is truly a blessing to see performers in all sorts of entertainment wearing the whole armor of God. We hope you enjoy these few, humble pages but most of all, either be a part or offer your support to the many Christian groups in the performing arts as they share their witness for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 


Daniel Halkyard