Fellowship of the Minds regularly takes Hollywood to the woodshed for their Demonrat political activism, arrogance in lecturing us, moral corruption and debauchery.
So it came as a surprise for me to discover that a Hollywood actor, Mattthew McConaughey, publicly professed his Christian faith by thanking God in his acceptance speech for the best actor award at the 86th Academy (Oscars) Awards ceremony on March 2, 2014.
He said, beginning at the 1:54 mark:
“There are … three things … that I need each day. One of them is something to look up to, and another is something to look forward to, and another is someone to chase.
Now, first off, I want to thank God, ‘cos that who I look up to. He’s graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand. He’s shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.”
The Hollywood audience responded with just a smattering of applause. Actually, I’m surprised there was applause.
Matthew McConaughey, 49, was born in Texas and brought up as a Methodist. He and his wife and three children live in Austin, Texas.
In a 2014 GQ magazine interview, McConaughey was asked about God:
Does your family go to church every Sunday?
“Yeah. In Texas. It’s non-denominational. It’s based in the faith that Jesus is the son of God, that he died for our sins, but many different denominations come in.
As soon as we had children, I was like, ‘You know what? That was important to my childhood.’ Even if it was just for the ritual of giving an hour and a half on Sunday to yourself, to pray and to think about others, even if you’re tired or whatever. I noticed how much I missed it and needed it. It’s a time for me to take inventory of my last week, to look at what’s in the future and say my thank-you’s and think about what I can work on to do better.”
When you talk about God, do you imagine him as…
“The Prrime Moovah! The Waave Maker!”
But it’s an identifiable presence? Someone who can hear what you’re saying?
“Yes. And somebody who can help answer my questions. Someone who has a hand in all of this miracle we call life, which I believe is a miracle. But, see, at the same time, I completely believe in evolution.”
Do you believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ?
[long pause] “Well, it’s a heaven of a story, ain’t it?”
Both movies are about the love and undying bond between father and child. Serenity is mischaracterized as an “erotic thriller” (it’s neither), and was savagely panned by critics, but I found the ending very moving.