“What roles are appropriate for a Christian girl to pursue or accept as actor?”
The parents have a daughter in Los Angeles who has started getting work as an actor. They listed different possibilities – particular shows, particular themes, and so on.
As a parent, it is tempting to tell our kids what to decide in every case. In some cases, that is exactly what our role requires, especially when they are young. As they get older and more mature, we have to shift more and more to help them learn how to make wise decisions on their own.
Here was my response:
“I keep thinking of the verse: ‘everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.’
Really encourage your daughter to pursue God for wisdom for every role. Don’t just ask God: ‘can I do this role?’, but ‘why should or shouldn’t I take this role?’
Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables is a great example of a role easily rejected because of the context, but it was incredibly powerful and had a redemptive message.
There could be other roles which God may want her to take just for the people she will meet on the set not because of the message from that film.
There could be clean and morally redemptive roles God doesn’t want her to take because He has something else in mind for that season of her life.
In other words, more than a list of do’s and don’ts, you really need her to ‘keep in step with the Spirit’ – to hear God’s voice and obey Him. If she can do that, all will be clear!”
How do you make decisions in the gray areas of life?