Hollywood actor Dennis Haysbert was recently cast in two roles containing faith themes, one as God for the final season of “Lucifer,” and he was chosen by TBN for their new show “State of Faith.”
The popular Allstate Insurance spokesperson serves as the narrator for TBN’s new show, “The State of Faith.” The six episode series, now airing on the network, takes viewers on a journey to discover the role of Christianity from it’s beginning to present day.
In “Lucifer,” however, he plays God and according to the Christian rating site Pluggedin the Fox show doesn’t portray the fallen angel as such a bad guy.
The following is an edited transcript of The Christian Post’s interview with Haysbert where he opens up about both of the new roles, as well as gives a description of his own personal faith.
CP: Can you share what your own beliefs are and why you felt led to loan your talents to “The State of Faith” for TBN?
Haysbert: I love education. I love history. So I wanted to be involved from that aspect of it. My faith is very personal to me. I was raised Christian, in a both Christian and Catholic house. My dad was Catholic, my mom was Christian, so of course, my mother’s faith won out because she had the most contact with the kids.
I went to Sunday school from the time I could walk all the way until high school. Then I realized I didn’t really need church so much as I needed to understand and make my faith more personal. Basically, what my faith is, is light and love and that’s my religion.
I wanted to be involved with this project because it’s educational. They contacted us and we thought about it and I said, “Hey, let’s pursue this.”
CP: What were some of the things that you learned or discovered through narrating such a historic Christian series?
Haysbert: I mean, just to find out that what happened was actually living history. Just understanding how many women were involved from the beginning, how many people lost their lives spreading the Gospel. Finding out that Queen Isabella of Spain was one of the main architects of the Spanish Inquisition. I just never studied that stuff before.
To do it in the chronological order that we’re doing it, it’s just amazing to me and highly informative. There were times when I was narrating that I had to stop and say, “Whoa, let’s stop. Let me absorb this for a second. This happened?”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law