*Hollywood may have a well-deserved reputation for being a spiritual wasteland, but faith is hardly absent from Tinseltown, says beliefnet.com.
The following 12 Hollywood powerhouses are at the top of their game in movies or TV, and are unabashedly proclaiming their Christian beliefs. And they are far from the exception. We chose them from dozens of candidates, in consultation with insiders and observers who are part of the Christian-Hollywood scene. Those who made the Beliefnet Power Dozen are here because they have the clout to choose their career direction, while keeping their faith and even injecting it into their work in subtle or not-so-subtle ways.
Check out the list at beliefnet.org.
*With the phrase “Christian celebrity” trending on Twitter Friday, those in the Twittersphere have expressed various opinions on the subject, with many opposing the thought of “celebrity,” arguing that the focus of one’s faith should be on God, reports the Christian Post.
Several commentators suggested that Christians are not meant to be celebrities, but rather to focus their “spotlight” on God, instead of themselves.
“Guard against becoming a ‘Christian celebrity.’ It’s not about how you act in the spotlight…it’s about how you turn the spotlight down,” tweeted Ken Smith, preacher of Project Peter Ministries.
“Christian celebrity — no go Tonto. We must decrease, He must increase,” tweeted the Sisters of Bethany, an order based in the U.K.
Others argued that Christians should not be boastful about their fame.
Read more at the ChristianPost.com.
*She’s married, official, and saved.
But Meagan Good is still feeling the backlash of her bachelorette party as a burlesque dancer, a dream she always wanted to fulfill.
Christian can be sexy, is her argument, but church folks ain’t buying it. Fortunately, her values and opinions didn’t shake her from doing what she truly desired.
“It is something I wanted to do a lot, and me and DeVon talked about it,” Meagan said. “I almost didn’t do it because I knew there would be backlash, but I can’t let people control my life.”
You go girl.
She explained that at the end of the day, the only one she had to answer to was God. And with that, the actress said she even prayed about it and got her heavenly father’s permission.
“We talk and we speak and I don’t feel convicted about it and so I have to do what’s in my heart and I can’t allow people to manipulate my direction.”
Regardless, she didn’t show anything and was actually covered up well, unlike the other ladies on stage. She was Christian, conservative, yet sexy all at the same time.
“God gave us these body parts-not to go and show everything to everyone-but its okay to be sexy and to be comfortable with your sexuality. And I think there’s kind of a line that gets blurred and I’m very bold about speaking out about it.”