According to some polls, only 53% of residents in Hollywood have strong religious ties as critics regularly condemn the entertainment industry for its lack of faith-based films.
In contrast to the multitude of atheistic and apathetic actors, “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer openly admitted, “I’m kind of a Bible guy.”
“I have come to terms with it and have found great peace in my faith and in Jesus,” Grammer explains. “It’s not cavalier — Jesus made a difference in my life. That’s not anything I’ll apologize for.”
“I’ve been reading the Bible all my life,” the actor continued. “I turn to it for prayer, for reflection, for information, and I just always have.”
“It’s just always been sort of at my fingertips throughout my life, ever since I was a boy,” Grammer said, who is well-known for his roles on both “Cheers” and “Frasier.”
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“So I have a relationship with the Word of God, as they call it, that it was probably akin to what Chuck Smith’s relationship was with it,” he said, noting that he does not consider himself a biblical scholar.”
“So I’ve been out in the desert, let’s say, some of the time. I made my way back in time,” he continued.
“I think that my focus on my career has always been to sort of elevate the human experience, and I think my understanding of religion is supposed to be the same thing.”
“It doesn’t mean you’re going to have an easy time. It doesn’t mean you won’t have days when it’s hell. But it does give you something to point toward.”
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“Do not become a sluggard in the race. Don’t falter. Get back up. Stand up. Keep fighting because that’s where your reward is. Your reward is in the doing of it. And do not be weary and well doing.”
He said, “That’s it. That’s — I still believe that.”
He continued, “It strikes me, you know, I probably have been preparing for this all my life, honestly. It was a pretty seamless transition into playing Chuck.”
Grammer concluded, “I hope what the audience can take away is the sense that there might be something to it, might be something to this movement that happened then, and maybe it’s worthwhile to think about … the way we’re positioned in terms of faith and society,”
“A great society can embrace a great faith and probably enhance both. And that’s what I’d like to see happen.”