Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The Christian's Journey Into Hollywood

Hollywood is a mission field but not all of its people are lost. And if by chance God has called you there you had better be prepared. The following is a portion of an interview I had with actor, Dennis Baker.

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The Gatekeeper: How does one stay true to his Christian values in “Hollywood?”

Dennis B: I don’t think it is different than any other profession. Christians do not have the corner market on truth. Some parts of Hollywood are spiritual places. Just because they don’t claim Christianity does not mean they are not sharing some truth that God would affirm. God created the world and all our ideas and concepts. So therefore, all truth is God’s truth. With that mindset, we are able to have open discussions and shared lives with Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, Agnostics, New Agers, and Atheists because we don’t have to feel that we have to convince them of everything.

That means we as followers of Jesus become tour guides. We take the truth that people proclaim and bring deeper meaning to it. We give a context to the truth that people are living out in their lives and interact with on a daily basis.

Doing that, along with the mitzvot, is Jesus’ call to all his disciples, no matter if you are in Hollywood or Africa. What is the mitzvot? Mitzvot is Hebrew for good deeds. Look in the Bible. What does God look at the most from a person or community?—their good deeds.

Faith without good deeds is nothing. We need to balance the equation. The church’s focus recently has been on faith. Both O.T. and N.T. call out to God’s people to do good deeds to the orphans, widow, poor, and other nations. We are to mitzvot everyone we meet. Where ever we meet them.
Read the whole interview here.
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Also read our other Journey's Into Hollywood with Layne:
Tasty Scraps From Disney
The Heartbreak Kid
Sleeper Cell

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