Jim Carey Shocks Hollywood with Message of Salvation

Actor and comedian Jim Carey has been known to say some surprising–even zealous–things over the course of his career, but recent comments made may be the most shocking yet. While speaking to a group of former prisoners and ex-gang members at Homeboy Industries in L.A., he gave an unapologetically Christian message that included clear remarks about Christ’s death on the Cross and ensuing grace and forgiveness.

Introduced to the group as “a great friend of this place,” Carey opened his remarks with the words, “I am happy to be part of this. This is a part of me.” Carey was uncharacteristically somber and undeniably humble as he continued, “I believe this room is filled with God, and you are heroes to me, and I admire you.” He continued, “I want to speak to the fact that I’ve had some challenges in the last couple of years myself, and ultimately, I believe this stuff relates to salvation. It’s the only way.”

Homeboy Industries

According to its website, Homeboy Industries is known as the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. It is led by Father Gregory J. Boyle, a Jesuit minister with a big heart–so big that Carey joked there might not be enough space left in the room for anyone else to stand.

After moving to Los Angeles, Father Greg witnessed the unavoidable and devastating effects of gang violence during the 1980s–known as the “decade of death.” Moved with compassion for men and women caught in gang-related activities and crime, he chose a radical approach for his day. He decided to treat gang and former gang members with love and respect, extending the love of Christ in unique and profound ways. He wasn’t interested in simply incarcerating and forgetting about young people caught up in wrong choices or bad behavior. He wanted to reach them at a soul level and change them from the inside out.

By 1988, Father Greg had buried too many young people killed as a direct result of gang violence. Along with his parish and fellow community members, Father Greg sought a solution to meet the escalating and undeniable problem. Together, they established day care and alternative school programs. They sought legitimate employment opportunities for those who needed to work. Their anecdote of choice?–hope. In Father Greg’s words, “Nobody has ever met a hopeful kid who joined a gang.”

In the early 90s, Father Greg made the transition from a full-time pastorate to working for the nonprofit organization now known as Homeboy Industries. Today the organization trains and employs former gang members in a range of job opportunities, as well as provides counseling and encouragement–along with other critical services–to over 15,000 men and women every year who come in search of a better path.

According to Father Greg, Jim Carey has been a good friend, actively participating in making it a successful organization.

Troubled actor

Jim Carey–not the actor or the comedian, but the friend of Homeboy Industries–stood before the packed room and addressed the audience with a friendly demeanor and gentle words. Though not entirely orthodox, his comments were calm, surprising, and impactful. He spoke with deeply personal understanding about suffering and God’s grace–as well as how Jesus shows the path to salvation.

He spoke clearly about Christ’s suffering on the Cross and how He responded to those who brought Him pain–with compassion and forgiveness. “And that’s what opens the gates of heaven for all of us. So I wish that for all of you. I wish that for myself. No matter what I’ve suffered, I know most of you have suffered worse than that.”

Some have wondered if Carey’s notably diminished persona and appearance were the result of recent, public struggles with depression. Also, Carey has confirmed he will stand trial next year in a “wrongful death” trial for his girlfriend, Cathriona White. Carey is being accused of supplying the drugs that allowed White to take her own life in 2015. Carey denies these allegations, but in public comments, he has clearly been impacted by the burden of them. He is no stranger to difficulty or struggle.

In Carey’s words, “We make one of two decisions. We either decide to go through the gate of resentment, which leads to vengeance, which leads to self-harm, which leads to harm to others, or we go through the gate of forgiveness, which leads to grace.”

No doubt Carey needs this grace as do each of us.

~ Christian Patriot Daily


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