This Wednesday, Hollywood Icon Mark Wahlberg told the ‘Today Show’ that he refuses to deny his Catholic faith, despite all the pressures of Hollywood.
“It’s a balance. I don’t wanna jam it down anybody’s throat, but I do not deny my faith. That’s an even bigger sin. You know, it’s not popular in my industry. But, you know, I cannot deny my faith. It’s important for me to share that with people.”
Wahlberg also explained the purpose of the Christian religion and what it means to him, saying, “oh, it is everything; it has afforded me so many things. Obviously, you know, God didn’t come to save the saints; He came to save the sinners. We have all had things and issues in our lives, and we want to be better versions of ourselves, and through focusing on my faith, it has allowed me to do that.”
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This is not the first time Wahlberg has been vocal about his faith. When his son Michael went through confirmation, Wahlberg said, “Just got down on my hands and my knees to express my gratitude… Congratulations to my son Michael for making his confirmation, all the young people out there who were confirmed and taking their relationship with the Lord into their adulthood, what a commitment you guys have made, congratulations to all of you!”
Moreover, when commenting on his 2022 film ‘Father Stu’, he connected the movie to the Christian theme of redemption.
“This movie has a very clear message that we are not going to give up on people. We are not going to turn our backs on people because of mistakes that they’ve made. We are going to tell people and encourage people that nobody is beyond redemption and that we support you, we love you, we accept you for who you are,” Wahlberg told Faithwire.
As we all know, the culture is often ambivalent or downright hostile to Christian ideals. But fortunately for Christians, we have high-profile figures attempting to bring Christianity back to the forefront of the national conversation. While God alone saves, He can and often does use everyday conversations to bring His elect to faith and repentance. A social ethic that is conducive or at least not openly hostile to the Gospel message is always a good thing.