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A Different Approach
Volume 116, Program 45

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How should you practice your beliefs if the people around you don’t share your convictions? Today on Home School Heartbeat, Micheal Flaherty tells host Mike Farris how he tries to live out his faith in the film industry.

Mike Farris: Micheal, you often work with actors, producers, and a crew who may not share your faith, but you still have the skill set to create a wonderful film. How has this challenged you?

Micheal Flaherty: I think it’s a challenge that believers face when you work with folks that aren’t believers. They want to see what makes us tick, and we say that we had this transformational experience with Jesus Christ, but sometimes those people can behave a lot better than us. So, for me, it’s just constantly reminding myself of that great John Newton line, you know, “I’m a great sinner, and Christ is a great Savior.” And so for me, I think those are the two things to keep reminding people of, is so often they think that we’re just there to judge and try to convert them, and I think the key is that fifth gospel in terms of trying to live like Christ and get people interested. You know, and I continue to fall short, but I think that, in owning that, it creates a witnessing opportunity to let people know that Christ doesn’t demand perfection from us, and that’s the whole reason why He went to the cross and He also went to the cross to the people that I’m talking to. And so for me, just owning that imperfection has, hopefully, made a difference.

Mike Farris: I think the most impressive thing for most people is not seeing a person make a mistake, but how you respond to the mistake. And that’s the big thing of all: if we own, as you say, own up to our responsibilities, I think the true witnessing power of that is more than you can ever imagine, so thank you for what you’re doing, thank you for being transparent. I’m Mike Farris.

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