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MarioLopezAAFeb09Hollywood has long been known for being rather hostile to faith. Christianity especially is treated by many as a sort of dirty little secret. Other people in the entertainment business, however, refuse to allow the status quo of Tinsel Town to silence them. One of those who continues to live out his faith despite the cold reception to his beliefs in Hollywood is Mario Lopez.

Lopez, an actor and popular E! News host, recently spoke out about what it is like for Christians who work in the Hollywood dominated entertainment industry. “[Faith] is alive in me,” Lopez said. “It’s not really as prevalent [in Hollywood] as I think it should be.” Lopez also mentioned the hypocrisy that is common in Hollywood. Though “diversity” is a common buzzword today, Lopez noted that Hollywood only embraces some forms of diversity. “They don’t embrace diverse thought,” Lopez said. Instead, there is the expectation that everyone in Hollywood thinks “the way the Left does entirely.”

As such, it is unsurprising that Hollywood was baffled by the recent success of independent, faith-based movies such as “I Can Only Imagine” and the flop of the star-studded “A Wrinkle in Time” that removed almost all of the original book’s Christian references. “The films that have come with a spiritual aspect [manage] to be very successful,” noted Lopez. “I think little by little, it’s making an impact.”

Bart Millard, the writer of the song “I Can Only Imagine” and subject of the hit film of the same name, commented that the anti-Christian forces in Hollywood were “scratching their heads wondering what in the world has just happened because [the success of the faith-based film] came out of nowhere…to them.”

As for Lopez, he remains an outlier in Hollywood and seems to have no intention of hiding his faith away simply because others in Tinsel Town disapprove. He recently traveled to Israel to be baptized in the Jordan River. He posted a short video documenting his baptism and said that the event was “moving.” One can only hope that outspokenly Christian celebrities such as Lopez encourage other Hollywood Christians to stand up and refuse to be cowed into hiding their faith. Maybe then, Hollywood will begin to truly embrace diversity including diversity of opinion.

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