Well-Known Actor Challenges Christians in Recent Interview About Upcoming Film

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November 15, 2017Nov 15, 2017

Well-known actor Denzel Washington, who is an outspoken proponent of Christianity, is encouraging young people to be unashamed of their faith, according to Christian Headlines. Even when on social media, he says, young Christians shouldn't hide away from the world, but should let it be known that they are Christians. 

His challenge to young Christians came in an interview about his upcoming film entitled, "Roman J. Israel, Esq," which will be out in theaters on November 22. In his new film, Washington plays a lawyer who discovers unsettling things about his law firm. Feeling that his law firm has acted immorally, particularly against the poor and dispossessed, he takes action. 

"I would say to your generation — find a way to work together because this is a very divisive, angry time you're living in, unfortunately, because we didn't grow up like that," he said, according to the Christian Post.

Just like the character he plays in his upcoming movie, Washington wants young people to persevere despite being criticized. And he also wants them to be aware of the negative impacts of social media. 

"It's accelerated now, it's on steroids, it's moving so fast that it's almost impossible to keep up," Washington said about social media, according to the Christian Post. 

About his own generation, Washington added, "We have the luxury of BC, before computers, of what it used to be. We have the luxury of going through the process of figuring things out, of not having to rely on GPS and something always being done for you."

Washington then implied that young people are addicted to technology, although quickly added that it was not the fault of technology per se, but rather the fault of our own free will. It's all about how we use technology, he seems to believe. And young people certainly can improve the way they use technology.

"I pray for your generation," Washington declared. "What an opportunity you have! Don't be depressed by it because we have to go through this, we're here now. You can't put that thing back in the box."

Washington then urged young people to be aware of the long and short-term impacts of over-information. He then encouraged young people to sanctify social media by being outspoken about their Christian faith. For instance, he says, it might be a good idea to send something that you read in the Bible to a friend who might benefit from it. 

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