Celebrities have more power than we often give them credit for—including in the realm of religion and spirituality.
We look up to these men and women—their glamour gives them an otherworldly quality that has many of us regarding them as something more than human. We want to dress like them, speak like them, act like them, and live like them.
And for better or for worse, we often emulate their faith, as well.
One of the drawbacks of fame and wealth, unexpectedly, is the sheer amount of lifestyle choices they bequeath. When you can do absolutely anything, it’s all the more difficult to make the hard choices, to live a faith-based life that stays within the boundaries laid out by God.
Because of this, few celebrities maintain their faith after their rise to fame. And their path affects others.
But simply being aware of the influence celebrities have on our faith can help make our own stronger—we become aware of social pressures we might never have considered.
In that spirit, let’s take a look at 7 celebrities who left their Christian faith behind.