Hollywood has a bad rep for being a secular, godless place, an environment where being a Christian is considered completely taboo. Although this can be true, over the past couple of years, prominent celebrities have become increasingly more vocal about their faith journies and personal relationships with God.
This past year, in particular, many celebrities emerged who spoke about their faith, unashamed about their pasts, but boasting firmly in the forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
Some of the most vocal celebrities include model Hailey Bieber, actress Chrissy Metz, artist Carrie Underwood, and more.
These celebrities have talked about topics like redemption, forgiveness, grace, and the salvation of Jesus Christ. They’ve gotten real about the hardships they’ve faced, and have been transparent about the battles they’ve faced with the help of God.
Here’s a rundown of some of the celebrities that have been vocal about their faith journies this past year.
1. Chrissy Metz
This past year, ‘This is Us’ actress Chrissy Metz starred in “Breakthrough,” a film based on a real story of a mother and son who relied on prayer and a miracle in the hardest season of their life.
After reading the script, Metz was “moved,” knowing that she wanted to be involved with the film.
“When I was given the gift of even reading the script, I was so moved by it, because we’re all looking for something greater than ourselves, and we’re all trying to figure it out, and do the best we can in the process,” Metz said. “I’ve had some hardships myself, obviously, not to this degree but things that were really trying. And the only thing that sort of kept me going was my faith.”
“There’s no question that something miraculous happened, nobody can explain how our why. And so what it’s going to do, much like ‘This Is Us,’ is open up people’s hearts and their minds to something different, and a different perspective,” Metz added.
The actress shared that the one thing that has kept her going in life, and always will, is her strong and personal relationship with God.
“There’s times where you really feel like, it’s never going to get better, you’re down and out and we get in our heads and we build this fear around something that the only person, or the only thing that can subside that, is our faith in God. I know that from a personal plight of my life,” she shared.
2. Hailey + Justin Bieber
Over the past year, Hailey and Justin Bieber have shared the intricate details of their faith with millions of followers on Instagram.
Justin, who is on a performance hiatus, recently performed a worship set at Churchhome LA, expressing his gratitude for his relationship with God on Instagram afterward.
“Sang at church last night. God is pulling me through a hard season. Having trust in Jesus at your worst times is the absolute hardest. But He is faithful to complete what He started,” Bieber wrote on Instagram.
“I also want to thank my wife for being such a huge support in my life through this season.” he continued. “It says in the Bible count it ALL JOY when you face trials of various kinds. Sounds insane considering when you face trials you feel terrible. But if we are grateful and worship God for what we do have in that season there is so much power in that. Whatever pain you are going through just keep telling yourself, THIS WON’T LAST! Love you guys we in this together.”
Hailey and Justin, who were legally married last fall in a courthouse wedding, have spent the summer months preparing for their wedding celebration, which according to Hailey’s uncle, Stephen Baldwin would be centered on Christ.
“I just think that, as Christians and as believers, they understand that if you don’t have God’s spirit working in your marriage it just makes it more and more difficult to make it work and have peace and find happiness,” he said.
3. Melissa Joan Hart
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My absolute favorite moment in Zambia this month was our first prayer with the families in Moyo AP. Sitting on a hillside with our new friends, feeling the hot breeze across my cheek with my eyes closed listening to the Tonga translation of the words the family prayed over everyone there. Everywhere we went we were met with dancing first and prayer next. The prayers consisted mainly of “thank you God for bringing our visitors from so far away just to see us and know us. And bless our time together. And bless @worldvisionusa for the work they do in our village”. We would usually end the visit with a prayer Mark or I would say blessing the people with health, crops of plenty and strong livestock. It was a magical time all around. And the dancing to the drums was incredible everywhere we went. Video to come!
On a recent trip to Zambia, Melissa Joan Hart, her husband, and her son Mason joined World Vision to visit their sponsor child and bring supplies to multiple surrounding villages.
In a personal post to Instagram, Melissa shared her favorite moment from the entire trip, a moment of prayer with the families in a village they visited.
“My absolute favorite moment in Zambia this month was our first prayer with the families in Moyo AP. Sitting on a hillside with our new friends, feeling the hot breeze across my cheek with my eyes closed listening to the Tonga translation of the words the family prayed over everyone there,” Hart wrote.
“Everywhere we went we were met with dancing first and prayer next. The prayers consisted mainly of ‘thank you God for bringing our visitors from so far away just to see us and know us. And bless our time together. And bless @worldvisionusa for the work they do in our village,’” Hart added.
“We would usually end the visit with a prayer Mark or I would say blessing the people with health, crops of plenty and strong livestock. It was a magical time all around. And the dancing to the drums was incredible everywhere we went,” she concluded.
4. Candace Cameron Bure
Actress Candace Cameron Bure has been known for her faith in God ever since she set foot in Hollywood. The ‘Fullhouse’ actress consistently posts wise words to Instagram and encourages her followers to look to Jesus each and every day.
In a recent visit to Liberty University, the actress encouraged students to place the glory of God above all other things in life and to seek Him first.
Candace shared that she didn’t grow up in a Christian household, but was introduced to God when her parents started having maritial problems when she was twelve. Even though she was saved, it wasn’t until she got married and had children that it really opened her eyes to how important it was to raise them to know God personally.
“I didn’t find my purpose in [Jesus] until I was in my early 20s,” the actor explained. “I had gotten married and had children and once that happened, it changed my perspective. Once that happened, I was like, ‘Well how am I gonna raise my kids? And what do I really believe? And I don’t open up a Bible, I don’t really know what it says. I just know God lives in my heart and I can talk to him whenever I feel like it.’”
She explained how she did not realize she needed God, until she realized how undeserving she herself was.
“That’s what I needed,” Cameron Bure explained. “It was then that I realized, ‘Oh, I do need Jesus because I don’t hold up to God’s standard. And if God is a holy God and a just judge, I’m deserving of hell.”
5. Kanye West
Kanye West has become increasingly more vocal over the past year, sharing his spiritual journey with fans and followers on social media, and in interviews.
This past January, a source shared with People Magazine that Kanye West and wife both speak to God daily “as a couple,” along with praying for their children together.
“It’s very sweet. They pray for all their children, but they really do spend time talking to God about the pregnancy, the surrogate, the rest of the family,” the source said. “It’s their way of acknowledging that this baby is a gift from God, and that they’re very fortunate to have four gifts now.”
Alongside bringing Christianity into their home and personal life, West has also been vocal about his spiritual journies on social media, even set to release a Christian album titled ‘Jesus is King’ any day now.
Adam Tyson, the senior pastor of Placerita Bible Church in Santa Clarita, California, recently shared with Billy Hallowell on “The Pure Flix Podcast,” that West was radically saved a few months ago.
[West] would say he knew about the things of God. … He said he was running from God,” Tyson said. “[T]he first time I talked to him the first Sunday in June, he told me, ‘I got radically saved five weeks ago.’ I said, ‘Kanye, what happened five weeks ago?’ He said, ‘I was just under the weight of my sin and I was being convicted that I was running from God, and I knew I needed to make things right, so I came to Christ. I came out of darkness into the light.’”
“I spent about three hours just going through the Gospel, making sure he understood clearly about the atonement of Jesus Christ, that God is holy, that we are sinners, that Christ came to die in the place of sinners, that by repenting and believing in him, we can have eternal life,” the pastor remembered. “And [West] was like, ‘Hey, man. I told you I’ve been radically saved; I believe that message and I wanna get that message out to the world.’”