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Hollywood’s Most Powerful Christians?

Religious site Beliefnet has named what it believes are “Hollywood’s Most Powerful Christians.” Is making a list a good thing? I doubt it. Talk to most of the people on the list and you’ll find out they don’t really relish the attention. I think they feel they could do far more good working under the radar. What do you think?

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  1. Better to be named Powerful rather than Arrogant, but couldn't they come up with an adjective that would be less likely to arouse disdain among non-Christians. Maybe Influential, or Admired. But I think you are right, better to forget making the list at all. What's the point? Promoting Beliefnet?

  2. I agree with Chris. When I read this article, I thought "powerful" was inappropriate because (just to be frank) I wouldn't define the majority of the folks on the list as "powerful" in Hollywood. Gibson and Washington, yes. Winter, maybe. The others are talented and successful and I admire them like crazy, but they aren't "powerful" by any stretch.

    Of course, they are all more powerful in Hollywood than I'll ever be.

    But should "powerful" and "Christian" be used in the same sentence? Seems counter-intuitive. I like "influential".

    -Nate

  3. I enjoyed looking over the list, which I came across on Fox News the other day. Oddly, we do live in a "list" society. You don't have to go too far to find out who's the most powerful women in Hollywood, or vegetarians, or homosexuals, or republicans, etc.  I imagine it is a little embarrassing for those on the list to be called out for their personal beliefs, but for people like me (who appreciate the works of several on the list), or for other casual observers in Hollywood, I think it's a good idea for faith believers to be shown in an influential and positive light.

  4. For everyone that makes a "list" there are several hundreds maybe thousands that are really having or making an indelible godly effect in ways we will never know (in Hollywood and beyond) until Jesus Christ comes back. If anything, lists come and go and most of the time create competition that really may breed more disunity than building togetherness. Sometimes they do more harm than good because the achievements may stop short of true significance. Then again it could encourage them to do better.

  5. Who's the most powerful Christian in Hollywood? Barf!

    Look at some of the Godless movies they have made.

    And just because someone gives thanks to God for their movies, success etc., does not make them anymore of a Christian than a unbeliever in a Church a believer.

    Most of Americians (70%?) say they are a Christian. Wow! what a revival we are having….?

    To be a born again believer in Jesus the Christ, you must repent-which means to turn from your Godless-sinful ways, be baptised and be filled with the Spirit. Check it out in the book of Acts.

    Jesus did say that there will be many who will call Him Lord! Lord! but He will respond that He never knew them.

     

     

  6. If we want to change people we need o allow Jesus Christ to change them.  A powerful idea for a movie would be; "Miracles of Hope" showing Christ's great compassion at work.  Jesus used peoples circumstances to get below the surface and touch their spirit.  The miracles were not the acts of healing, casting out evil spirits, and raising the dead.  The true miracle was the way he loved the individual through their brokeness and mended their lives in that moment of complete honestly.  He came across in unique ways in eah situation, but was able to help those he met search beyond the surface and receivea miracle that had eternal value.

    Walking with Jesus in these experiences can be done in such a honest way as to help movie audience goers place themselves in the life of the characters Jesus touched.  I Know from being with a family holding their dead infant and still wanting me to pray a prayer of blessing over their child that true Christ-like compassion does effect people in a real way in difficult moments of life.

    I believe such a movie can be powerful theroputic, and evangelistic.  This type of movie would really consentrate on the ministry of miracles of Jesus up to his arrest. Being true to the scripture will give movie makers a lot to work with when it comesto special effects.  It is part of Christ's life that no one has really dealt with in a movie format.

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