One lesson that Christians can be reminded of when watching “The Chosen” is that God often chooses sinners, the downtrodden and least likely to carry His message of redemption and saving grace.
Who would have thought that some fishermen, a tax collector and other lowly members of society would spread the gospel to the world and be used by God to write His Word down on paper for generations to read?
Yet even with the written Word of God available to humanity, the world is at an intersection of beliefs and ideologies now.
Lies and censorship are being exposed and people are choosing to either accept it and submit to the world’s systems, or they are standing up and saying “This is not right; This is not truth; This is not freedom.”
Comedian Russell Brand is one of those people, who since overcoming addiction has been on the warpath exposing the lies and manipulations occurring in the world today.
Appearing with “Tucker Carlson Today,” Brand shared how important his now realized spirit is to him.
“As much as I might enjoy the feeling of privilege and luxury… I remember what reality is. I remember that my wellness is contingent upon spiritual connection, upon certain values and principles, and they involve sacrifice and self-scrutiny about my own conduct and behavior, which often falls short, and I’m working on improving myself,” Brand shared.
“Like many desperate people, I need spirituality,” he continued. “I need God, or I cannot cope in this world. I need to believe in the best in people.”
People can learn a lesson from the depiction of Peter in the first season of “The Chosen.”
Here was a man living in sin and was having a crisis of faith. Until he met the Messiah.
How many Christians can relate to such an experience?
Brand has had his eyes opened to many truths since he stopped using drugs and alcohol to get through life’s pathways.
This opening of the eyes to a spiritually dark world is reminiscent to the scales falling from the apostle Paul’s eyes in Acts 9:18 but from a spiritual perspective.
Brand now sees the lies and injustice that have permeated this world and recognizes the harm and division they are causing.
That is why he is speaking up so boldly against it and recognizes the need for God in his life.
While he has yet to acknowledge Jesus Christ as his Savior publicly, the words he speaks against the sin in the world echo those found within the Word of God, whether he realizes that or not.
“I need to believe that there are new alliances possible, new ways of us communicating, because I see atrophying and corrupt systems delivering yet more misery to people, and I think it’s increasingly necessary that we find new ways of framing the conversation and looking into our hearts when we’re speaking,” Brand told Carson.
“Are we being kind? Are we being loving? Are we being the best that we can be? On whose behalf are we speaking? And what is my intention, moment to moment? Am I doing this for self-glorification? Am I doing this because I have obligations to rumble the platform I’m on? Or am I doing this because I genuinely believe that a better world is possible and that world is born individually within each of us, moment to moment? And it’s possible to change. I genuinely believe in change,” he continued.
In his previous statement, Brand brings up two aspects of the fruit of the Spirit. Kindness and love.
God is looking for people willing to speak with boldness about holding fast to His Word and the lessons He teaches within it.
There is a recognition within Brand’s soul occurring right now, and as Christians are realizing this is a prominent man with an audience of millions, prayers must be lifted up for him to find that Jesus Christ is the source for all of these beliefs that he holds so dear.
“I feel pretty committed to what I’m doing now. I never felt like I’m in alignment with my beliefs and principles in the way that I do right now… I believe in truth and freedom and the ability to express yourself,” Brand concluded.
Brand will find the source of the truth and freedom he holds onto these days is only found in Jesus Christ.
In 2 Corinthians 3:17 Paul writes, “Now the Lord is the Spirit. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” That is the true source of freedom that Brand is standing up for. And perhaps most importantly, Jesus’ own words in John 14:6 say, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
The tenets of truth and freedom that have become prominent in Russell Brand’s life will be fully realized in a way that he can never imagine when he crosses the threshold and makes Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior in his life. Pray that his eyes are opened to this amazing transformation and continues his pursuit of truth and freedom in the world.
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James Lasher is Staff Writer for Charisma Media.
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