An interview with Denzel showed up for a Christian men’s leadership event in Orlando. The video of the teaser clip used for the event itself was pretty great, but the good stuff from the interview? That took a little digging.
Here is the interview of Denzel the event used for the trailer, one in which he talks about his prayer life…
During a 30-minute sit-down discussion with Pastor A.R. Bernard, the senior pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York and Washington’s spiritual mentor, Washington told the audience that God is urging him to share His word.
“In every prayer, all I hear is: ‘Feed my sheep.’ That’s what God wants me to do,” the actor told Bernard. — ChristianHeadlines
It’s refreshing to see that some folks in Hollyweird haven’t sold their souls for TinselTown’s Thirty Pieces of Silver.
Actually, the fickleness of fame is one of the other topics he was addressing in his interview. So was the proper understanding of manhood.
“The world has changed. What is our role as a man? The John Wayne formula is not quite a fit right now. But strength, leadership, power, authority, guidance, patience are God’s gift to us as men. We have to cherish that, not abuse it,” the actor advised.
During the discussion, Washington wanted the audience to know that despite his redemptive characters on screen, he’s endured his own battles in choosing to live for God.
“What I played in the movies is not who I am, it’s what I played,” he stressed. “I’m not going to sit or stand on any pedestal and tell you about what I had in mind for you or your soul. Because the fact of the matter is, in the whole 40-year process, I was struggling for my own soul.
“It [the Bible] says in the last days we’ll become lovers of ourselves. The number one photograph now is a selfie. So we all want to lead. We’re willing to do anything — ladies and young men — to be influential. … Fame is a monster and we all have these ladders and battles, roads we have to walk in our given lives. Be you famous or whoever’s out there listening, we all have our individual challenges. It’s cliché [but] money, don’t make it better. It doesn’t. Fame just magnifies the problems and the opportunities,” Washington continued. –ChristianPost
As for life lessons and practical advice? He had some of that too.
“Stay on your knees. Watch me, but listen to God,” he added. “I hope that the words in my mouth and the meditation of my heart are pleasing in God’s sight, but I’m human. I’m just like you. What I have will not keep me on this Earth for one more day. Share what you know, inspire who you can, seek advice. If you want to talk to one someone, talk to the one that can do something about it. Constantly develop those habits.” –ChristianPost
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