So learn to laugh at yourself and to love those that are close to you—your family and friends. Cause this world is cruel. I always say that if a person goes to the doctor, and the doctor says that your child is dying of cancer, if you don’t have a strong family unit or faith in God, what do you do when you’re hit with that?

That’s why I always tell people that life is too short. Love your family, love your friends, enjoy life. It’s too short to go and be a big sourpuss all your life. Laugh at yourself and move on. Enjoy what God has created and what He’s given to you.

We keep trying to tell everybody to try God’s way—love Him, love each other. Give that a shot and see how it works out.

Speaking of God, do you have a favorite verse that you’d like to share?

John 3:16 and 17. Most people know 16, 'For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.' But 17 is more important—“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Look, if the savior of the world, Jesus Christ, didn’t come to condemn us, okay, I tell people all the time—do not get in the condemning business. You’re not qualified. Jesus was qualified. He had the right to condemn us. But he didn’t do it! So I always look at that and I always keep it in mind when I start getting on somebody—I say to myself, 'Hey. You’re not qualified, so get off that condemning business.'

The Bible is full of stuff we can use on a daily basis."

How would you say that your fame has affected your faith?

"It’s strengthened by what God has done. When I look in the mirror, I look and say 'Can you believe what He’s done? He’s turned me into a TV celebrity.' Never in a million years would I have thought that, oh yeah, one of these days you’re going to be rich beyond your belief.

There’s a scripture that says He can do more than you can ask or imagine. And he’s proved that with the Robertson family, okay, because he’s turned me into a TV celebrity and made me well-off financially—He’s done that. I figured I’d be struggling my whole life until I died, but he’s fixed that where it’s not so anymore.

So it’s actually strengthened my faith in him. The story is that God became flesh, died on the cross for our sins, was buried, three days later rose from the grave and ascended bodily into heaven. That’s the story, and here’s the thing—we humans, we hear it and we have two choices: believe it, or believe it not.

Well, if you believe it, then you go with it, okay, and you try to live the life He outlines for you. If you don’t, well, there’s consequences. There’s consequences for both choices. If you believe, there are consequences. If you don’t believe, there are consequences. That’s where the human race is at.

Most of them have forgot about the Almighty, but for me personally, there’s more evidence that He’s there, and that He’s done everything recorded in His word. I’d say there’s more evidence for it being true than there is for it being not true. Each individual will have to make his or her choice."

Do you have any other projects going on right now?

"I just got finished doing 10 episodes of a new show. That will be coming out in November.

I’m also starting a music career. It’s Country Western—I sing Country Western whenever I get the chance."

A Gift Well-used

Uncle Si’s call to pay attention not only to John 3, verse 16, but to verse 17 as well, is incredibly wise. Christianity has incredible potential as a promoter of peace, wisdom, and love, but is oven overshadowed by scandals involving abuse and ill-treatment of our fellow man in the name of religion.

But Uncle Si’s desire to follow the loving example of Christ shows the strength of his faith. The Vietnam veteran strives to treat everyone well, and his friendly and humorous demeanor during the interview only reinforced his words. Not only that, but he makes a point to give back to others—especially children in need.

If there’s one thing we can learn about faith and wealth from Uncle Si, it’s that we must strive to see God’s hand in everything that happens to us, and to be grateful for what we have been given.

This isn’t a viewpoint that comes naturally—it must be worked at and maintained. When we realize that our success is due to the Father, we’re much more apt to use it for Godly purposes.

This is the secret to keeping faith when success finally swoops down and lifts us high. So take it from Uncle Si—God can use anyone for His greatest purposes. We just have to be ready to hold onto our faith when he does.