Kelsey Grammer, the 68-year-old actor who is famous for his role in “Frasier” and who recently starred in the faith-based film “Jesus Revolution,” just gave a powerful interview to Fox News Digital in which he discussed how his faith has developed over time and what he hopes people take away from the faith-based film that has swept the nation.
Beginning, Grammer discussed how his faith has experienced hiccups over time and how he has remained committed for the long term despite the challenges of life.
Speaking on that, he first said “I’ve had hiccups. I’ve had some tragic times” before continuing and saying, “I have wrestled with those and worked my way through them: sometimes rejecting faith, sometimes rejecting God even, in a period of being pretty angry about it, like, ‘Where were you?’ That kind of thing.”
But he then continued on by describing how those challenges of life ended up making his faith stronger because it is what he has arrived at after much reflection and wrestling with God. Speaking on that issue, Grammer said “But I have come to terms with it and have found great peace in my faith and in Jesus. It’s not cavalier – Jesus made a difference in my life. That’s not anything I’ll apologize for.”
He then moved from describing his own faith and struggles with it to describing how that faith prepared him for his role as a pastor in “Jesus Revolution.” Commenting on that, Grammer said “It strikes me, you know, I probably have been preparing for [this role] all my life, honestly. It was a pretty seamless transition into playing Chuck.”
Continuing and describing how he has lived his faith and built it over time by reflection and reading the word of God, Grammer said “I’m kind of a Bible guy. I’ve been reading the Bible all my life. I turn to it for prayer, for reflection, for information, and I just always have. It’s just always been sort of at my fingertips throughout my life, ever since I was a boy.”
He then noted that he was around when the “Jesus Revolution” events were happening, saying:
“I lived it. I lived in that same time. I lived throughout that period in the ’70s and stuff and what he accomplished. I saw on some of the faces that I met in my life. I didn’t know it was, you know, his footsteps, but I was walking alongside him in many things. When this role came along, it was just … slipping into a nice suit.”
“There might be something to it, might be something to this movement that happened then, and maybe it’s worthwhile to think about … the way we’re positioned in terms of faith and society. A great society can embrace a great faith, and probably enhance both. That’s what I’d like to see happen.”
We need more men like Grammer. Men of faith who are strong in their beliefs not because life has been easy, but because their faith got them through life when it was difficult. Hopefully, his performance in “Jesus Revolution” will help others develop such a strong faith.
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