Renowned Oscar-winning actor and director Denzel Washington reaffirmed his firm belief in God during an interview for his new film, “A Journal for Jordan,” saying he hopes to “please God” with his latest work.
During the interview, Washington, 66, told the religious media outlet, Religion News Services, that he is a determined believer and often led the cast and crew in prayer. He added that the “spirit of God” is an essential part of the film.
Sgt. Charles Monroe King is the main character, an actual Iraq War veteran who died in combat in 2006, played by actor Michael B. Jordan in the film.
His wife, New York Times writer Dana Canedy, penned an article about a magazine King wrote sometime earlier for his son, detailing the soldier’s deep faith.
Canedy’s article was eventually reworked into a book that forms the basis for the film Washington signed on to direct.
“The spirit of God is all over the movie,” Washington told RNS after admitting he often led prayer circles on set. “Charles is an angel. I’m a believer. Dana is a believer. So that was part of every decision, hopefully, that I tried to make. I wanted to please God, and I wanted to please Charles, and I wanted to please Dana.”
Washington, during the interview, again showed his strong commitment to putting God first in both his daily life and his professional work. “I try to make sure I try to put God first in everything. I was reading something this morning in my meditation about selfishness and how the only way to true independence is complete dependence on the Almighty,” said the Hollywood star.
This is not the first time Washington has demonstrated his strong belief in God and the importance he places on his spiritual life.
In fact, in mid-September 2021, the actor affirmed his firm belief in God during a Christian men’s conference in Florida on Saturday, Sept. 18, according to The Christian Post.
“The Better Man Event” conference, organized by First Baptist Orlando, had the famous actor as one of the featured speakers, and in the 30 minutes he had available, he told, among other things, what God has been saying to him recently while praying. “At 66, getting ready to be 67, having just buried my mother, I made a promise to her and to God, not just to do good the right way, but to honor my mother and my father by the way I live my life, the rest of my days on this Earth. I’m here to serve, to help, to provide,” Washington recounted.
“In every prayer, all I hear is, ‘Feed my sheep.’ That’s what God wants me to do,'” the actor told his spiritual mentor, AR Bernard, the senior pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn.
The Oscar winner acknowledged that he often wonders what that means, although he clarified, “What I found out in the last couple of years is there are all kinds of sheep. So that’s why I talk to experienced shepherds to help guide me.”
He also said that while the world has changed and John Wayne’s method doesn’t fit today, “strength, leadership, power, authority, guidance, patience are God’s gift to us as men. We have to cherish that, not abuse it.”
At that time, Washington sent a strong message aimed primarily at today’s youth, warning about the dangers of the much sought-after “fame.” “We’re willing to do anything—ladies and young men—to be influential … Fame is a monster … Fame just magnifies the problems and the opportunities,” he commented candidly.
A Journal for Jordan opens in theaters on Christmas Day, and the film is predicted to be a huge hit worldwide.