Skip to comments.Stephen Baldwin seeks to do God's will
Posted on 08/25/2004 11:43:04 AM PDT by Joe Gish
Actor Stephen Baldwin is one of few conservatives in Hollywood.
Actor Stephen Baldwin focused on doing 'God's will'
Aug 24, 2004
By Jerry Pierce
DALLAS (BP)--Stephen Baldwin had just told a packed auditorium of students in Dallas about his conversion to Christ following the 9/11 attacks.
In the hallway next to the stage, a purple-haired teen, probably 12 or 13 with tears flowing, bent Baldwins ears for several minutes before the veteran actor whisked him downstairs to the hospitality room to talk. After a 15-20-minute conversation, Baldwin gathered several others around and prayed with the student.
Good luck, man, the teen told Baldwin as he stood to leave. I dont need luck, bro, Baldwin said grinning. Ive got Jesus.
That Baldwin has Jesus is curious to some.
Hes the youngest of the Baldwin acting clan with older brothers Alec, Billy and Daniel -- and a veteran of more than 60 movies, including The Usual Suspects and 8 Seconds, and television shows The Young Riders (1989-92), Celebrity Mole and Fear Factor.
His conversion and his work in producing an extreme sports DVD to reach kids in the skateboarding and stunt biking culture has been reported in places like USA Today, The New York Times, salon.com, Fox News Channel and CNN. Lately hes been a regular at Christian rock festivals and similar evangelical events -- even advocating that Christians turn out for the November elections.
Baldwin said hes not concerned with potential negative consequences of being a vocal Christian in the entertainment business.
In my position, I just dont think Im supposed to keep my faith to myself, Baldwin told the Southern Baptist Texan over breakfast after addressing the Southern Baptists of Texas Conventions Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC) at Criswell College.
Im just doing what the Lords telling me to do. You know, if the Lords not telling anybody else [in Hollywood] to [talk publicly about their faith], well, then God bless em. But I dont think thats the case. I think there are a lot of people who dont put their faith before everything else, you know. And thats a big problem. Im just doing what the Lords calling me to do. Period.
Baldwin told the 2,000 YEC students and sponsors how he came to Christ through the witness of his wife, Kennya, a believer of 10 years, and the 9/11 tragedy.
If the impossible is now possible, he recalled thinking after the terrorist attacks, anythings possible. And if anythings possible -- my wifes a born-again Christian, Ive been reading the Bible and Ive been praying to the Lord to like, tell me what this is all about -- then Jesus could come back tomorrow. Thats what I thought. Well, if Jesus could come back tomorrow, Ive got a lot of work to do, because I aint the guy that I want to be when Jesus comes back.
Baldwin said he made a covenant with God and was baptized at the evangelical church he and his wife attend in upstate New York.
His appearance at the Youth Evangelism Conference included a plug for the DVD he co-produced with the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association aimed at the extreme or core sports culture of skateboarding and BMX stunt biking, an $8 billion a year consumer segment with its own counterculture music and often hard-edged lifestyle.
The Livin It DVD, which Baldwin directed and hosts, was released this spring, the brainchild of the actor and Palaus son, Kevin; they conceived the idea last year after Baldwin attended a Palau organization event in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., featuring leading skateboarders who shared their Christian faith with youth attracted to the core sports subculture.
The 40-minute documentary features extreme sports action, footage of engaging street outreach and stories from 11 top core sports athletes.
The Palau organization planned 10,000 copies for a 24-month distribution; in five months 40,000 DVDs have sold, Baldwin said.
A Long Island, N.Y., native, Baldwin, 38, told the YEC students the nanny he and his wife hired for their first child was Brazilian -- like his wife -- and was a devout Christian. She told the couple she believed God sent her to them to help lead them to Jesus and even predicted they would become Christians and have a ministry, Baldwin said.
After Baldwin moved his family to upstate New York, Kennya began attending Bible studies and became a Christian. By September 2001, her faithful witness had moved him toward conversion, Baldwin recounted.
Baldwin told the Texan he sees how God, years earlier, was orchestrating his conversion. Raised a nominal Roman Catholic who didnt attend church much after about age 10, Baldwin said his experience in his mid-20s in a 12-step recovery program awakened his senses to God, but it took no concrete form.
In reality, theres just no comparison to the experience Im having now, he said.
Baldwin said Jesus Christ has given him peace and has helped him be a better father and husband. And I couldnt do that unless I had some understanding of what Gods will was for me. And again, I only have that understanding because I know what its based on, which is the Bible, and I read it every day.
Baldwin said since his conversion hes had numerous discussions with his brothers about his experience. Baldwins brother, Alec, made news in 2000 after he said hed leave the country if George W. Bush, a professed Christian, won the election.
The Lord, very early in my walk, was very clear and just said, Ill deal with them. He said, I need Stephen to focus on Stephens relationship with Jesus Christ. So Ive just been walking my walk and Ive been really busy with everything the Lords had me doing.
Baldwin said Alec, for instance, has questioned him lately about his speaking schedule, which includes many Christian venues. They talk frequently and their kids play together.
Now with this election coming up, you know, people know that Im a Christian, so people he interacts with are like, Oh, so, whats your brother doing? And what he explained to me most recently is -- probably two to three times a week he walks down the street in New York and probably folks who are visiting New York City from the South and this and that ... will go, Oh, my, Alec Baldwin. And hell go, Oh, how are you. Nice to meet you. And theyll go, Please tell your brother, Stephen, God bless him for everything hes doing for Jesus.
He said he cant get away from it, Baldwin said, chuckling.
I just talk to people and I let them know that I act on what I believe, and that belief is based on the Bible. And Ill tell anybody, If youre reading the Bible every day, and you share in that same understanding, then we can talk. And if you dont agree with me, then youre not agreeing with me based on your understanding. Thats what I like to tell people.
During his YEC appearance, Baldwin lamented the number of Christians who didnt vote in the 2000 presidential election and said the upcoming vote might be the most important in the nations history.
He stopped short of an endorsement but said he would vote for the guy who I think has the most faith. News reports also list him as planning to attend one or more events slated in conjunction with the Republican National Convention.
Baldwin said plans are being made to organize a Livin It bus tour for 2005 that would bring some of the top Christian core sports athletes to malls in cities across the country.
For more information on Baldwins extreme sports DVD, Livin It, go to www.livinit.org.
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Stephen was great in "The Usual Suspects."
Must make for some interesting family gatherings.
Heh. I'll say.
[sitting on a roof aiming a gun] Old McDonald had a farm, ee-aye, ee-aye, oh. And on this farm he shot some guys. Ba-da-bip, ba-da-bing, bang-boom.
[Counting victims as he snipes at them] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7... Oswald was a fag.
You never know what God's going to do. Alec just may be the next Baldwin to accept Jesus into his life. Wouldn't that be a blessing! God loves Hollywood as much as He loves anyone!
May the Lord Bless Stephen Baldwin and give him strength.
Hey, maybe he'll get together with Jane Fonda for a bible study and prayer meeting.
I liked him in "The Beast Of War"
I saw him on one of the talking head shows a couple weeks ago. Maybe there's hope for his loony liberal brother(s) after all.
I like the part when he and the rest of the gang (Kevin Pollock was great in the movie too, hell they were all good) was in that lineup and he screamed that line out (I forgot what they had to say) and his eyes were bugging out and he acted like a maniac. Too cool.
As of which fortnight?
Dude, this is Stephen "The King of Late Night Softcore Porn on HBO & Showtime" that we're talking about.
Or has he renounced his previous life in the porn bidness?
FYI.. When you become a Christian, you renounce ALL of your sinful past.
The real question... Has he changed his life?
Well, one out of 10,000 ain't bad for Hollyweird. We are making progress.
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