Christian entertainment is definitely on the rise in Hollywood based on recent box office hits! These films have become big hits with viewers nationwide like "The Shack," "Miracles from Heaven" and "The Case for Christ."
"I don't know why in Hollywood you have to be afraid to say you're a Christian, but there's a lot of bashing of Christians going on over the last decade." stated Kevin Sorbo.
Kevin David Sorbo is an American actor. He is best known for his starring roles in two television series: as Hercules in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and as Captain Dylan Hunt in Andromeda and Professor Radisson in God's Not Dead.
Candace Cameron Bure is no stranger to controversy for her Christian and conservative views. A popular drag queen recently attacked Candace Cameron Bure and called her a "homophobic Republican."
Bianca Del Rio, a winner of RuPaul's Drag Race, took issue with Bure's recent wardrobe choice: A T-shirt saying "Not Today Satan."
Unfortunately, Christians who speak out in Hollywood are becoming targets.
Former film producer Karen Covell wants to change stories like this, through prayer.
Covell started the Hollywood Prayer Network, dedicated to bringing Christianity to the entertainment industry.
Hollywood Prayer Network was created as a prayer ministry for the entertainment industry in July 2001. It was birthed out of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood as the third of four Christian organizations launched to reach the media. Although many Christians believe that Hollywood is “Sodom and Gomorrah,” HPN Founding Director Karen Covell views it as a redeemable place, similar to the Biblical city of Nineveh. Ultimately, we want to see God transform the hearts and lives of people in the global entertainment industry, and we believe we must begin with love, encouragement, and prayer.
"I had no intention of doing ministry in my life," she said. "I wanted to be a producer and that's all I wanted, and as the years were going on I started thinking, I'm living with a foot in two different worlds, neither world 'gets' the other. I'm a part of the church and the church hates Hollywood and Hollywood hates the church," Covell told CBN News.
Don't Hate Hollywood – Pray for Hollywood, Covell says.
A recent example of that tension is the Christian backlash of the "gay moment" in the Disney live action movie, Beauty, and the Beast.
Covell wants to help American Christians see Hollywood through a different lens.
"I thought if I get the church to start praying for the people in Hollywood then they'll stop hating them and maybe they'll start getting a heart for these people as creations of God who are just lost and who just need to know Jesus," she said.
Covell told CBN News that, "We have friends who have prayer walks and Bible studies and prayer groups on every studio lot," she said.
"We have people meeting with prayer in production company offices, on location, and we have people who are pursuing being a chaplain on studio lots. It's amazing what God has put in the hearts of people here," she added.
While she admits that Hollywood is a hard place to minister; she hopes to make a difference one prayer at a time.
Find out more about the Hollywood Prayer Network here.
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