Last night my wife and I watched Tyler Perry’s production of The Passion on TV. This live event from New Orleans, although presented in a Hollywood style, captured the essence of the passion of Christ and I believe touched many. Although Tyler avoided discussing some current challenges, the show did speak to what people are experiencing in their everyday lives. We were reminded again of betrayal, denial, violence, sadness, abuse of power, and abandonment but more importantly, we were reminded about the message of hope, forgiveness, and love that can be found in Christ.
For me, it was not just about the production and presentation of The Passion by Tyler Perry, it was God’s grace in Tyler. Here’s an American actor, producer, director, screenwriter, playwright, author, and songwriter, using the gospel genre to communicate the gospel to the world. Wealth and fame is not impeding or preventing him from intentionally living the Christian faith. Given the fact that the industry that he is in is not very kind to the Christian faith, he did not shy away from sharing about the life changing message of the gospel. It is so encouraging to observe a rich and successful celebrity like Mr. Tyler Perry place his hope on God and not on riches.
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17