So, what am I ranting about?
My aunt in Ohio just tuned in to Ancient Faith Radio and saw this interview on the Roads to Emmaus podcast with Emmy award-winning actor, Jonathan Jackson, best known for his role as Lucky from General Hospital. He and his family are now Catechumens in the Orthodox Church! How cool is that? Yes, as a former General Hospital junkie, this makes me very excited. Celebrities have the opportunity to really make a difference, just look at Troy Polamalu. Perhaps, that is the path God will set before Jonathan too. His will be done!
They are planning on being baptized on Pascha, so maybe you could remember to light an extra candle and whisper a little prayer for them that night.
If I had to pick my favorite part, and that’s a difficult thing to do because I really love this, but if I had to choose one thing he said, it would be what he said when Fr. Andrew asked him, “What message would you give to your fans about Orthodox Christianity?”
And he responded,
“Wow. Well, I would have to err on the side of less words and more reliance on prayer and encountering that person I was talking to. I would say it is the most beautiful thing that you could ever experience. That, for God so loved the world that He gave, that’s what it is to me. And it’s available for the whole world, for all of creation. If someone is drawn towards Christ, then this is the perfect home. If you come from a different background or tradition, it will be most likely a little awkward at times but there is a blessing and a transcendence on the other side of awkward that is worth it.”
This interview is absolutely spectacular. He speaks with a very humble and zealous heart and I pray God continues to strengthen him and his family in the Faith. It is truly beautiful and I encourage all of you to listen…
Also, keep an eye out for his upcoming book, Acting in the Spirit, which focuses on having an acting career within the boundaries of a Christian faith.