I’ve never really watched Dancing with the Stars – until this season. Sadie Robertson made the difference.
I first learned about Sadie when I started watching Duck Dynasty, the reality TV show that rocketed the entire Robertson family into the national limelight. I love Duck Dynasty for several reasons. First, watching the Robertson clan makes me feel like I’m at a family reunion, minus the long hair and beards. Second, they make me laugh out loud. Third, I want to support fellow believers who are very publicly taking a stand for our Savior.
And that’s why I’m keeping up with this season’s Dancing with the Stars. Sadie’s faith is far more than lip service. She not only constantly expresses her faith verbally, she is also purposeful and intentional about how her relationship with Christ should impact her actions and behaviors. Including her role on Dancing with the Stars.
Sadie wants to glorify God in Louisiana and LA and everywhere in between.
But she can’t do it all alone. Her family knows that. I suspect that’s one reason why they’ve maintained a constant presence out in LA. Sadie needs encouragement, support, and guidance to stand firm and continuously represent Christ well.
If you think about it, Sadie in LA is a bit like a gazelle among a pride of lions. (Maybe that’s why her dad, grandfather, and uncles carry the big guns.) Satan would like nothing better than to make her fall. To show the world that her faith in Christ isn’t real. That it’s all talk and no substance.
Last week’s performance was a prime example. Assigned with dancing the notoriously sexy Rumba, Sadie worked with her partner to keep it within the bounds of her convictions. (Check it out below.)http://youtu.be/H2b381CH5P8
Sadie and the rest of the Robertson family are striving to be good stewards of the platform God gave them. They desperately desire to point as many people as possible to Jesus during their “fifteen minutes” of fame. And the rest of us have a responsibility to provide prayer support while they do. Will you join me?
Jesus’ high priestly prayer in John 17 gives us some insight into how we can pray:
14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth. John 17:14-19, NLT
Since He was sending His disciples into hostile enemy territory (the world), He knew they needed the protective cover of prayer. We can pray these same things for Sadie, the Robertson family, ourselves, and other believers:
- Pray that God would protect them from temptation and from Satan’s schemes.
- Pray that God will continue to teach them about Himself, His will, and His ways.
- Pray that God will continue to grow them spiritually and make them holy.
As Sadie Robertson intentionally lives out her faith before a watching world, Jesus will be glorified. We may not be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, but we can impact the Kingdom by faithfully praying for Sadie and other believers in the spotlight. God has given us the important task of prayer cover. Let’s not let them down.
What other ways can we support believers God has placed in high profile positions?