Jim Carrey, 55, is Canadian-born comedian who rose to fame in 1994, when he starred in three movies Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask and Dumb and Dumber. He received a Golden Globe and Oscar Nomination for his lead role in the The Mask and Dumb and Dumber became a huge commercial success earning $270 million.
Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario on January 17, 1962 and was raised Roman Catholic.
According to an article on Christian Today, Carrey was recently invited to speak at Homeboy Industries. It is a youth rehabilitation organization run by Roman Catholic Jesuits who are trying to transform the lives of young men and women caught up in Los Angeles’ gang life.
They educate and train these previously incarcerated gang members. They also give counselling on how to manage their anger and as well a service to remove tattoos.
When he addressed the group, Carrey said:
“You are heroes to me, and I admire you. When you stepped through these doors, you decided to be a part of this family. You’ve made a decision to transcend and to leave darkness behind, and it takes a champion to make that decision.
“And ultimately, I believe that suffering leads to salvation … You’ve made the decision to walk through the gate of forgiveness to grace, just as Christ did on the cross. He suffered terribly and He was broken by it, to the point of doubt and a feeling of absolute abandonment, which all of you have felt. Then there was a decision to be made. And the decision was to look upon the people who were causing that suffering with compassion and with forgiveness, and that’s what opens the gates of Heaven for all of us. I wish that for all of you. I wish that for myself.”
“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 gates of forgiveness, which leads to grace.”
But what really intrigued me is at the end, even Carrey was surprised by what he said when he asked the crowd: “Where did that come from?”
Though Carrey veered into areas of questionable theology, nevertheless He was exalting Christ in his message to the former gang members.
Christian Today added that it is uncertain if Jim has become a Christian, but this story reminds me of an incident in the Gospel of Luke. As Jesus was approaching the Mount of Olives, people began crying out:
“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord;
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:38 NASV)
The pharisees tried to quiet the crowd and when that failed, finally told Jesus to shut them down.
“I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” (Luke 19:40 NASV)
It was an interesting response, because Jesus was basically saying if society manages to quiet the Christian voice, then those who are not necessarily even believers, like rocks, will proclaim the Lord’s name.