Mark Wahlberg Urges Churches to Support Foster Families, Says Failing to Do Right Thing is ‘Turning Your Back on God’

Mark Wahlberg Urges Churches to Support Foster Families, Says Failing to Do Right Thing is ‘Turning Your Back on God’ By LEAH MARIEANN KLETT for Gospel Herald

Mark Wahlberg has urged the Church to come alongside foster families, reminding believers that failing to care for the “least of these” is like “knowing God and turning your back on God.”

“The Church needs to embrace those from all walks of life – we’re not the judges,” he told The Gospel Herald during a sit-down interview in NYC. “There’s one God who is going to judge. Leaders in the Church have the biggest responsibility, because their job is to protect the church and do God’s work. If they don’t do the right thing, I think it’s better to have never been born. It’s like knowing God and turning your back on God.”

“The Church needs to allow people of all walks in life to come together, love people, and make people a part of our family and community, bringing everybody in,” he added.

The 47-year-old actor is promoting his upcoming film “Instant Family” which is about a couple, Pete and Ellie, who take in three foster children and overnight become parents to a troubled teen and her two siblings. Pete and Ellie must learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hopes of becoming a family.

The film is based on the real-life experience of director Sean Anders, who made the life-altering decision to adopt three biological siblings from foster care several years ago.

While “Instant Family” is not a faith-based film and includes some language and crude humor, Wahlberg said he hopes viewers are struck by the realities facing foster children every day and are compelled to help make a difference.

“A family is anyone who is willing to open their hearts and love somebody unconditionally, be there for them, support them,” he said. “If there’s one person who sees this film and says, ‘Hey, there’s a kid who needs a home, and I’m capable and in a position to be able to provide for them emotionally, financially, all those things,’ fantastic. There’s a lot of kids out there who need that.”

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