Thursday, April 07, 2016

Actor Kevin Sorbo: "Hollywood Bashes Christians"

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Actor Kevin Sorbo, who played Professor Radisson in "God's Not Dead," Hercules in "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," Captain Dylan Hunt in "Andromeda," and Kull in "Kull the Conqueror," says "there's a lot of bashing of Christians going on in Hollywood."

He would know. He is a committed Christian and has been successful in Hollywood for a long time.

He also says he sees some encouraging signs: Christians are becoming bolder and more visible in Hollywood---regardless of the consequences, and Christian films are significantly better written and produced and are impacting a much wider audience with the message.

As Christians get bashed for going public in Hollywood, NBC has introduced yet another program that bashes Christians, and this time seems to question the masculinity of Jesus Himself.

In an interview with the Gospel Herald, Sorbo says for decades Christian films were "Christian," but not terribly well done---"They spoke to the choir," he says, but generally did not impact a wider audience in the culture.

That is changing.

Current Christian film makers are building on the shoulders of those who first began making Christian films.

Sorbo says Christian films have "upped their game"---Christians in Hollywood have gotten smarter and more efficient in promoting their films.

And there are better actors, producers, etc., willing to be a part of the Christian films---often because they are themselves committed Christians.

He also says more people in Hollywood are coming out publicly as a Christian even though they know there will be consequences---"But there's still a lot of bashing of Christians going on over the last decade."

In the interview, Sorbo is asked if he feels his career has been negatively impacted because he is a Christian.

He says, "There's no question about it."

"If you could do an undercover video in Hollywood behind closed doors like those Planned Parenthood videos where those women discuss crushing baby's heads and pulling out baby parts---trust me," he says, "I mean Ben Affleck one time came out and said, 'I will never hire a conservative Republican to do a movie with me'."

And some Republicans may not even be Christians---over kill?

He says, "But my faith has certainly hurt me in Hollywood. I did Hercules for 7 years, it was the most watched show for a good number of those years."

He explains when he became known as a Christian, the offers stopped coming as they had before.

He's right.

Hollywood generally hates biblical Christianity and those who practice it openly.

I was once a pastor in that town.

An example: Jennifer Lawrence, star of "Hunger Games," was the highest paid actress in 2015 ($52 million), yet she took time to harshly criticize Christians when Kentucky County Clerk, Kim Davis, stood for biblical beliefs.

The day Kim Davis was released from jail, Vogue Magazine was interviewing Lawrence in her own home.

When they asked Lawrence about it, she replied, "That lady makes me embarrassed to be from Kentucky. Don't even say her name in this house"---"all those people holding their crucifixes, which may as well be pitch forks, thinking they're fighting the good fight. I grew up in Kentucky. I know who they are."

By all accounts, Hollywood bashes Christians in the industry.

The entertainment industry in general bashes people in their homes with TV programs that appear to be "family" programming, but are not.

The most recent outing is from NBC.

Their new program, "Superstore," sounds like a clever storyline that plays out among the employees working at a Walmart type store.

Reading NBC's PR blurb for the new program, one thinks, "Hey, that sounds pretty good---and clever."

Clever? Maybe.

Good? No.

The new show takes pains to point out that one of the main characters, Glenn, is a "Christian." He is identified as a "Christian" multiple times in the show in the run-up to his doing some very "un-Christian" things---including lying, cheating and stealing. NBC leaves no doubt that "Christians" are hypocrites.

In the episode, "Wedding Day Sale," the Christian store manager, Glen, asks for help from a gay employee named Mateo to build out a special gay wedding section.

Glenn says, "I just want everyone who comes into the store to feel accepted."

That seemingly compassionate comment opens up a discussion about Jesus and how He would very likely support gay adoption and gay marriage. In the conversation, there is even speculation that Jesus Himself may have been gay.

The writer of this NBC series, Hollywood's Justin Spitzer, uses this episode as a potent selling tool for the LGBT agenda. He equates a rejection of same-sex "marriage" with someone who is narrow-minded and "old fashioned"---and all they need to do is "open their mind" to the truth that "all love is love" as evangelist and former evangelical Matthew Pines tells Christian congregations as he speaks in pulpits across America.

Pines' book, "God and the Gay Christian," has sold more than a million copies to the same people who will find NBC's "Superstore" entertaining. Clever. And funny.

Be Informed. Be Discerning.

Kevin Sorbo says, "Talk about calling people racist--I'm in an industry that screams for tolerance but has no tolerance whatsoever. They'll fight for their freedom of speech, but only if it's for what they, only if it's their point of view. These people don't want to debate, they want to shut you down."

And they want to steal your children and grandchildren while you sleep in the recliner.

Hollywood is changing. But it hasn't "changed" yet.

Beware. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.