Denzel Washington says his mission in God is ‘spiritual warfare,’ shares view of Heaven By Jeannie Ortega Law, Christian Post Reporter
Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington has opened up about the spiritual aspect of his Christian faith and highlighted the importance of having an “anchor” in an ever-changing culture.
Washington is gearing up for the release of his new film “Macbeth,” and in an extensive New York Times feature titled “Denzel Washington, Man on Fire,” the actor and his co-stars talked about his Christian faith.
Washington, who described himself as “a God-fearing man,” shared about God, the Bible and Heaven in the interview. He revealed that it was a promise he made to his late mother that would encourage him to “honor her and God.”
“What I do, what I make, what I made — all of that — is that going to help me on the last day of my life? It’s about, Who have you lifted up? Who have we made better?” he told the NYT.
“This is spiritual warfare. So, I’m not looking at it from an earthly perspective. If you don’t have a spiritual anchor you’ll be easily blown by the wind and you’ll be led to depression,” he added.
The Oscar-winning actor then lamented what he said is a self-obsessed society.
“The enemy is the inner me,” he continued. “The Bible says in the last days — I don’t know if it’s the last days, it’s not my place to know — but it says we’ll be lovers of ourselves. The number one photograph today is a selfie, ‘Oh, me at the protest.’ ‘Me with the fire.’ ‘Follow me.’ ‘Listen to me.’
“We’re living in a time where people are willing to do anything to get followed. What is the long or short-term effect of too much information? It’s going fast and it can be manipulated obviously in a myriad of ways. And people are led like sheep to slaughter,” Washington said.
The entertainer then shared his view of Heaven, explaining that “there are going to be two lines, the long line and the short line, and I’m interested in being in the short line.”
The New York native encouraged the interviewee, Maureen Dowd, to read the Holy Bible. He suggested that she “start with the New Testament, because the Old Testament is harder.”