It’s sad, but a lot of celebrities in the lime light still shy away from speaking up about their love for Jesus Christ. In many cases, Hollywood stars are more comfortable speaking up and supporting a presidential candidate versus announcing their support for their Lord and Savior. They hide their faith from their fans and shy away from the possible backlash.
Some celebrities, though, aren't afraid to share their faith. They scream it from the rooftops so that their fans can be inspired by their faith. These celebrities found God in sometimes very unique and cool ways that it should be shared with others, so that they may find Christ too.
These celebrities are highly revered in their industries for their work and contributions, but they are also not ashamed to use their celebrity platform to share their faith in Jesus openly. Here are their powerful testimonies.
Nicole Kidman found God through the family that she grew up in, which was very Catholic. In a Allure 2018 interview, though, Kidman said she almost took the faith a step further and became a nun. “I’m spiritual in that I absolutely believe in God,” she said at the time. “I loved the idea of being a nun. Obviously, I did not choose to go that path, but I was very drawn to it.”
Actress Nicole Kidman said she often gets teased by friends for passing her strong belief in God onto her children. “That’s how we are raising our children. Keith has his own beliefs but he comes, too. I had a very Catholic grandmother, and I was raised praying, so that had a massive impact,” the Oscar winner said.
Chris PrattActor Chris Pratt was homeless, living in a van on the beach in Hawaii, waiting tables at a Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant when he had an encounter that changed his entire life. While asking someone to buy him beer becase he was underaged, a guy came up to him. Chris said of the moment, "And a guy named Henry came up and recognized something in me that needed to be saved. He asked what I was doing that night, and I was honest. I said, ‘My friend’s inside buying me alcohol.’ ‘You going to go party?’ he asked. ‘Yeah.’ ‘Drink and do drugs? Meet girls, fornication?’ I was like, ‘I hope so’ … It should’ve made me nervous but didn’t. I said, ‘Why are you asking?’ He said, ‘Jesus told me to talk to you . . .’ At that moment I was like, I think I have to go with this guy. He took me to church. Over the next few days I surprised my friends by declaring that I was going to change my life." Fast forward a decade and half, and Pratt is now one of the most popular Christian leading men in Hollywood.
Brad PaisleyCountry singer Brad Paisley is a Christian boy through and through. His first public performance was at his church, and the first song he wrote, when he was twelve, was called “Born on Christmas Day” in honor of baby Jesus. Today, God and faith continue to play a huge part of Paisely's career. One song called, “No” is about how God hears your prayers, even when you don’t get what you prayed for. However, though he was raised in a strong Christian home and found God at a young age, he doesn't feel that it is his place to judge others. He once said, "To me, the best way to witness is to not spend all your time explaining to them how wrong they are on everything they are doing, but to show them how your life is working and how much peace you have. Jesus was never the least bit judgmental. I never got that feeling in reading my Bible that He ever looked at anybody with anything less than compassion and total understanding."
Singer Justin Bieber has had his ups and downs, but the performer has increasingly clung to his Christian faith, making countless public pronouncements about his love for Jesus. After negative headlines a few years back due to excessive partying, Bieber returned to his faith in 2014 and was re-baptized by Hillsong’s Pastor Carl Lentz. “I forgot what I was about, what my mom raised me to be,” Bieber told Complex Magazine. “I veered off, and I got tainted.” Luckily, he came back.
Now in his marriage to star Hailey Bieber, the couple are celebrating a faith filled marriage. The Biebers say they waited to have sex before they were married, and admitted their marriage has been really challenging at times. When asked about how she knew Justin was ultimately the man she would marry, Hailey said, “I prayed to feel peace about the decision, and that’s where I landed. I love him very much. I have loved him for a long time.”
Atticus ShafferAtticus Shaffer, star of ABC’s “The Middle,” is an outspoken Christian who has openly shared his perspective on faith and Hollywood. Shaffer grew up in a Christian home but said his mom always left him the opportunity to grow his relationship with God on his own. Shaffer has been open about how God helped him through the journey he faced to overcome the side effects of osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle-bone disease. Shaffer was born with the diagnosis of easily broken bones, but he says he didn't find the Lord until he became a teenager and eventually getting baptized in 2015. "I really committed to Christianity when I was 15," Shaffer revealed on Pureflix.com's 'Pure Talk.' "I just knew I had that draw to say, 'I need to know the Lord. I need to know where I stand." Shaffer has gone on to share how important his faith became in the world of Hollywood and his journey as an actor and standing up for his beliefs.
NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon did not grow up in the church, but credits other NASCAR drivers and Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) with his faith. He said in 1992 he started going to the chapel service that was going on during the NASCAR Busch Series. He got to know other Christians in the sport like Bobby Hillin and Darrell Waltrip. He said that Max Helton, though, was his biggest inspiration and appreciated how Helton was subtle about teaching Him about God.
He once said in an interview, "I've committed my life to Christ. I was also baptized in the same church that (my wife) Brooke was baptized in." MRO has quoted Gordon as saying, "God plays a significant role in my life and I pray regularly. I know that through the good times and bad times He is always there for me."
Comedian and game show host Jeff Foxworthy grew up Southern Baptist. Host of "The American Bible Challenge" on GSN, Foxworthy told The Blaze that he remembered accepting Jesus Christ when he was just seven years old. He had a Bible with photos in it that captivated his young mind. “For it to be a relationship, you can’t do all the talking. That’s not a relationship,” he explained. “You’ve got to listen. God doesn’t scream. God whispers.”
Today, Foxworthy makes sure that faith is integrated into his kids lives. He said to CBN: "I've been fortunate enough to make enough money that my kids can go to a Christian school. In fact, my youngest one just got back from her fourth trip to the same village in Africa. So, yeah, faith is just a huge central thing in our home, whether it's mission trips or doing things within our community or talking about that, or going to church together."