Thoughts: Being a Christian Actor

I’m not perfect, and I am a sinner. Those two things are true. But, shouldn’t we strive to be a better version of ourselves? Shouldn’t we try to be more godly and better represent our Lord in everything that we do? 

Colossians 3:17 KJV: And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

A Christian actor’s faith is constantly tested. The lines, for many, are blurred in what we should, and shouldn’t do. The problem is, we THINK there are grey areas when it comes to acting, but there are not. The bible is black and white, and so should our values be when faced with tricky situations in the business. 

My point is: Uttering profanities and showcasing explicit content is as real as can be, whether it’s done on a stage, on camera, or on the street in real time. It might be more justified in one context than the other, but it is still, very much, real.

I’m not here to judge anyone who identifies as a Christian, booked to star in an action movie with tons of cursing embedded into the dialogue. What I am here to do, is tell Christians that playing pretend on stage or on camera is just the same as living your real life in God’s eyes. Do as you wish with that information, but it is what it is. 

A constant argument I see online or in my own circle of people is that God “knows your heart” and knows that you’re pretending, and whatever role you portray does not reflect on your own personal ideas, thoughts, and morals. 

This is where I object and see otherwise. It was your own personal choice to play that certain character, for one, this was most likely not in God’s will. Why would God lead you to portray an explicit character? Why would He, Lord, Creator of All, be the one to give you the green light to act inappropriately, defying the commandments and disregarding everything that have been taught NOT to do?

Just some thoughts. Call me a radical, call me a prude, I’ll take whatever label you throw at me as long as you know I’m a Christian. God bless! 

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