Actor Corbin Bernsen Says Christian Films Need to Be Honest, Not Sugarcoated

Actor Corbin Bernsen is the star in the inspirational family film “My Daddy Is in Heaven” that’s based on a true story about a Texas farm girl’s tumultuous journey back to faith after suffering the unexpected and tragic death of her husband.

Bernsen says it’s important that faith-based films not sugarcoat stories about tragedy but realistically portray the circumstances and challenges people face.

In the film, “Becca Adams has an ideal young family. With their lives ahead of them, Becca’s husband dies in a tragic accident. Now Becca must reconcile why bad things happen to good people and find the strength to resist her demons and rediscover her faith,”  reads a synopsis of the movie that was released earlier this month.

Along with Corbin Bernsen (“Major League,” “God’s Club”), the faith-based movie features Jenn Gotzon Chandler (“God’s Country,” “God’s Not Dead 2”), Lorenzo Lamas (“What Would Jesus Do: The Journey Continues”), and T.C. Stallings (“War Room,” “Courageous”).

The following is an edited transcript of The Christian Post’s interview with Bernsen, who plays Becca’s father in the film. The former “L.A. Law” star speaks honestly about why he believes Christians and faith-based content should keep it real in an effort to make the biggest impact for God.

CP: Tell us why you wanted to be a part of telling this true story in “My Daddy is in Heaven”?

Bernsen: I love exploring various aspects of our human nature and specifically how our relationship to God affects that. This is a story about our “capability for resilience” which is enhanced by a relationship with God in what we know as “faith, faith in God and His plan for our journey.”

CP: In the film it was refreshing to see a real portrayal of what grief can do to someone. Christians are not always sure how to grieve without feeling faithless. Can you talk about the importance of allowing yourself to grieve and heal?

Bernsen: Most important here is that we are able to portray real grief, real loss, un-sanitized, fearless of being able to fit it perfectly onto the “faith shelf” at the DVD store.

I think it is extremely important that we grieve to the depths of the darkness that it takes to hit bedrock, and then, with our faith, work our way back to the light, His light. I wrote a film recently (you’ll see soon!) called “Life With Dog.” In it, my character assumes just because it’s daytime it doesn’t mean the stars aren’t out there. They are, but the current sunlight masks them.

In reverse, just because we are in the depths of our despair, the darkest moments of our life, it doesn’t mean that His light isn’t there for us. It is. But it takes “faith” to recognize this.

The only way I know how to fully get this message across is to show it real, not clean it up so it “tastes nice.” This is a difficult thing in faith-based films because there is the assumption the audience wants everything sugarcoated. And some do, but to change hearts and minds of those looking at faith from the outside, we need to show how it is real in real-life portrayals.

My goal is to be upfront and truthful about my journey of faith. Not that anyone should care, follow my advice, or “do like me.” But I am, like so many, burdened with doubt, and an imagination that taunts itself. I most likely will offend. I will most likely have people shout out, “He’s a phony, he’s not Christian.” And I’ve come to accept that. I am, after all, just an ordinary guy who’s been invited to explore, to know God. And though I may stumble from time to time, my journey is true. And my greatest hope, like this here, is to be clear and truthful so the steps I take, the path I walk feels real, and maybe, just maybe inspires others to try it for themselves.

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Source: Christian Post