Man of Action, Man of Faith

'Walker, Texas Ranger' star says 'real men do live for Christ'

BY: Andy Butcher

Reprinted by permission of Charisma News Service

In his TV and screen roles, tough-guy actor Chuck Norris is the man who comes to the rescue. But away from the cameras the "Walker, Texas Ranger" star knows that even he needs help from a higher source.

"Real men do live for Christ," the former world karate champion told "New Man" magazine. "It is important to make your peace with Christ while the opportunity exists. Life is so fragile that you never know when it's going to be over. It could be over in the blink of an eye, and then it's too late to accept God's gift of salvation."

Raised in church, Norris has been "discovering more and more what his faith in Jesus Christ means" in recent years, according to the actor's pastor, Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas. "When you look beyond the surface, you see a man with very deep beliefs."

Norris' faith was stamped clearly on the 1999 Christmas episode of the "Walker" series he launched in 1993. "Walker has hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide, and you have somebody who's going to pick up the remote control, turn on the TV, and there is Walker talking Jesus," said Norris' second wife, Gena, who helped write the episode.

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