The actor understands that not everyone shares the same beliefs but thinks it’s also important not to hide them: “He’s not popular in my industry, but I can’t deny it. It’s important to respect, and it’s important for me to share this with people.”
Religious beliefs, manifestations, or interest in them have strongly decreased in the population. Over the years, young people have shown less interest in practicing religion. If we talk about the world of entertainment, it tries to separate religious faith with work.
It also doesn’t help that churches or institutions where people can join in professing their faith have had a lot of scandals, resulting in the rise of atheism or agnosticism. In this way, fewer and fewer media personalities speak freely about their beliefs, at least not as in the past.
But as in everything, there are exceptions, and some are not afraid to openly demonstrate their doctrine. An example is actor Mark Wahlberg, who recently spoke openly about his faith.
The famous actor attended the Today program wearing a cross of ashes on his forehead. This is given to Catholic parishioners who attend the Ash Wednesday mass that symbolizes the beginning of Lent. That’s how he made clear his relationship with God because he wasn’t worried about being seen carrying something that brought him peace.
Regarding his opinion on the subject, Wahlberg said it is about having “balance” and explained, “I do not want to shove it down anyone’s throat, but I do not deny my faith. That is an even greater sin.”
In the same way, he commented on the opinion that is currently held on the subject: “it is not popular in my industry, but I cannot deny my faith. It’s important to me to share that with people.”
He also pointed out that there must be a consideration regarding other people and their ideologies: “I have friends from various backgrounds and from different beliefs and religions, so it is also important to respect and honor them,” he said.
Finally, he added that in terms of his upbringing, he maintains the same attitude with the four children he has with his wife Rhea Durham.
“I don’t pressure them, but they know that dad can’t start the day without praying, reading my scriptures or going to Mass. And hopefully, instead of forcing them, they’ll say, ‘Well, if it works for Dad, maybe it’ll work for us,’ and they’ll somehow gravitate towards it on their own.”