Fighting for Souls in Hollywood
Background artist turned seminary student, Steve Cha, did the unforgiveable in Hollywood.
But 10 days later I got a letter from my casting agency, Central Casting, that I got fired. They didn’t tell me the reason I got fired. That was a big thing because Central Casting is the biggest agency in town. You’re work is very scant, especially for an extra. You just can’t do it for a living anymore, you have to move on.
So that door was closed.
For the most part yeah--I can’t see what’s in God’s plan. He might open it up again. Maybe go to Hollywood from a different position or angle. I’m working on a Master of Arts in Theology [at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena] and training to become a pastor to preach God’s Word, verse by verse. [Now]I’m going around and speaking and encouraging others to boldly share their faith like I did. In the world of evangelism, if you can conquer your fears, just follow God’s commandments and scriptures that he’ll do wonderful things even if it’s costly along the way. In my life that is clearly an example.
Is God moving in Hollywood?
There are a lot of people praying for the content to change in Hollywood. The content they put out every year influences people all across the world and the nation. The content itself can’t change in Hollywood, if the hearts don’t change in Hollywood. The thing is to actually get people to get the gospel message across to them by working from in the inside out not the outside in. The truth is we need more people to step up and boldly take on opportunities that are so evidently there. They pass it up because they don’t want to get on anybody’s nerves or to be seen as a religious freak. That’s always a temptation in Hollywood, too.
So many believers are keeping a low profile?
I’m just telling you from my perspective for three years on set that I’ve never really seen too many Christian going around sharing their faith. I have heard of people passing out tracts here and there, which is great, because that’s what I used to do. I talked about [Jonathan Khan, actor] from the book. He’s the guy who influenced me to evangelize because I saw him do it. He told me about his celebrity evangelizing stories and I was hooked.
You lost your livelihood because of witnessing. What’s has been the positive side from this experience?
The positive side has been that I know that there were Christians along the way influenced by what I did. Some even inspired to do evangelism, some to become missionaries, to boldly share their faith and to do something wonderful with their lives. In terms with the celebrities, it’s regrettable that I can’t really say that somebody became saved at the moment when I came up to them. I did meet one star that asked me to keep his name confidential. But he worked on a few of the “Fast and the Furious” films. He had a struggling Christian background. When I approached him on a television show, I talked to him about his faith. He told me he had questions. I met up with him later at his restaurant in LA. He said I answered a lot of questions for him. He called me six months later saying how everything was going good in his life and how I helped influenced him with other people God had in his life. He actually started to attend church again. So that was an amazing thing.
Go check out Cha’s book, Hollywood: Mission Possible.