Are you a good actor?
by Simon Gibson
Are you a good actor? Are you skilled at saying the right thing for a particular social setting? When trying to persuade someone, do you know how to use the appropriate tone of voice and body language to win them over?
Our modern society, it seems, has a great affection for good actors. The Academy Awards and the Emmys are some of the most popular programs on TV.
And, of course, there are many similar shows for musicians and singers, all of whom are capable of repeatedly producing simulated emotion at endless concerts.
Imagine a group like Air Supply year after year singing a mournful tune such as “Making Love out of Nothing At All” and still believing in its sentiments.
Politicians, particularly those in the federal arena, are also adept at acting, I believe. In Question Period, televised regularly from the House of Commons, cabinet ministers seem so sincere, so empathetic, as they respond to the queries of Opposition members.
In the same way, Opposition members feign shock and dismay at the answers they receive, even though they may not have expected anything more forthcoming.
Yes, the world is full of good actors!
But, frankly, I wish we had a few more bad actors, people who say what’s on their heart, people who are transparent and candid about what they believe.
My wife, Joy, and I have a daughter like that. Alisa is a learning-disabled young adult and she is one of the worst actors in town – she is so incredibly honest.
When Alisa says, “I love you, Dad,” you know she means it. Of course, in the heat of the moment, she might say, “Dad, I’m mad at you,” but that’s OK – I know she won’t feel that way for long.
I recall reading a newspaper article about former US president, Bill Clinton and some remarks made by his press secretary of the day, Bill McCurry. McCurry said this of his former boss: “Bill Clinton was enormously gifted, but someone who was exasperatingly stupid in his personal life.” Bill Clinton, McCurry is saying, was a good actor; he knew how to look the part, but behind the façade, he lacked good judgment. As you read this, perhaps you are well aware that you can often act sufficiently well to impress others.
But, unfortunately, you know the truth, just lurking there, beneath the surface.
The Bible talks about this. Jesus says, “The people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”
These folks were apparently good actors, but Jesus could see through it. It was all a charade, just a show. Perhaps you feel like this today and you know that you’re covering up all kinds of dark things that you want to conceal from others.
The good news is that you don’t have to cover up any longer. You can be free. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Confess your need of God through Christ today. Find a Bible, if you have one available, and turn to the Book of John. It’s a great place to begin!
If you want to quit being a ‘good actor’, then why not start today? Put down the newspaper for just a moment and tell God what he means to you.
Tell him how you want to change to live a life that is pure and clean and real.
I pray that you will seek to serve him and be the kind of person God intended you to be. It is never too late to turn your life around. As the Bible says, “As for me, I will call upon the Lord, and the Lord shall save me.”
Simon Gibson is the MLA for the Abbotsford-Mission. He was an instructor/professor at Trinity Western University and UFV where he taught in the departments of communication and business. He is married to Joy and they have two adult daughters and three grandchildren. They attend Mountain Park Community Church in Abbotsford.