Rarely do Hollywood stars that have won numerous, high-profile awards, are cheered by the media, and are constantly cast in big roles speak positively about Christianity, much less take the (sadly) huge leap of saying that they know God has a plan for them and are acting in accordance with that plan.
Whether that’s because they’re non-believers or as a result of their being afraid that their fellow Hollywood stars will see them as religious nuts and then cut them from roles in big name movies and from fun events on the social calender, many are too afraid of the repercussions to speak out or are irreligious and have no reason to speak about faith in the first place.
But a few are, among whom is Denzel Washington, who spoke in December of 2021 about his faith and how he saw God’s mission for him as guiding him, discussing scripture and what he thinks God expects of him while he’s on Earth.
Watch him here:
As you can hear in the video, if you watched or listened to it, the interview was a bit free-wheeling, jumping back and forth between different topics.
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But a guiding thread throughout the interview was his faith and how it has impacted his life.
For example, at one point he discussed his elderly mother’s death and how he promised her that he would “attempt to honor her and God by living the rest of my days in a way that would make her proud. So that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Adding to that, he tied his career choice to direct films to his desire to help people and lift up those who need it, saying:
“I’m more interested in directing because I’m more interested in helping others. What I do, what I make, what I made, all of that, is that going to help me on the last day of my life? It’s about, who have you lifted up? Who have we made better?
“This is spiritual warfare. So, I’m not looking at it from an earthly perspective. If you don’t have a spiritual anchor you’ll be easily blown by the wind and you’ll be led to depression.”
He also commented on the Bible and reading it, suggesting that the New Testament is a bit easier to get through and so should be read first by people looking to get into Christianity and start learning more about what the Bible says. In his words:
“Have you read the Bible? Start with the New Testament, because the Old Testament is harder. You get caught up in the who-begot-who-begot-who thing.”
He also commented on self-obsession in America and how Americans are being torn apart by manipulation, saying:
“The enemy is the inner me. The Bible says in the last days, I don’t know if it’s the last days, it’s not my place to know, but it says we’ll be lovers of ourselves. The No. 1 photograph today is a selfie, ‘Oh, me at the protest.’ ‘Me with the fire.’ ‘Follow me.’ ‘Listen to me.’
“We’re living in a time where people are willing to do anything to get followed. What is the long or short-term effect of too much information? It’s going fast and it can be manipulated obviously in a myriad of ways. And people are led like sheep to slaughter.”
Ending by saying that one needs to “fill up the bucket” every morning to remain faithful, Washington said:
“You have to fill up that bucket every morning. It’s rough out there. You leave the house in the morning. Here they come, chipping away. By the end of the day, you’ve got to refill that bucket. We know right from wrong.”
Great advice from a man whose faith has obviously guided him through his life.