If Leonardo DiCaprio Got Saved

Permit me to dream for a moment. Imagine if Leonardo DiCaprio got saved. Then he could star in a Christian remake of the movie “Titanic”, and when he stood at the front of the boat and said, “I’m the king of the world!”, Rose would say, “No you’re not, Jesus is.” Then he would repent of sins right there on the Titanic and start an on-boat evangelistic ministry called “Big Boat, Bigger God”. Then, when he died at the end of the movie it wouldn’t be nearly as sad, because he would be in heaven.

Millions would probably see the movie, especially if it was in 3D, leading to a worldwide revival and the spread of the gospel. Maybe DiCaprio and Kirk Cameron would team up to make a couple of movies. Maybe Steven Spielberg would get saved through DiCaprio’s influence. Who knows.

Do you ever wonder why stuff like this doesn’t happen more often? Why don’t more celebrities and shakers and movers get saved? 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 gives us some insight into this:

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

God doesn’t gravitate toward the people that the world gravitates toward. He gravitates toward the weak, the lowly, the ordinary, and the unimpressive. He calls those whom the world ignores. If God primarily saved rich, powerful, and beautiful people, those people might have some reason to boast before God. But God saves unimpressive, weak people, so that there might not be any boasting in his presence. And when God saves these people and uses them to spread the gospel, it demonstrates the power of God, not the power of the people.

D.A. Carson described the Corinthian church as, “…a low class operation with a few sophisticated exceptions.” I find that quote to be very encouraging, because it pretty much describes my church too. We are a low class church, with me at the head of the pack. Sure, we have a few exceptions. We have couple doctors, a few professors, and a few folks with lots of money. But not many. Our worship team is not overly impressive either. No one is going to think that they accidentally walked into a U2 concert when they come to our church. Our preaching isn’t anything to boast about either. We strive to do our best, but we’re not like Piper or Driscoll.

But God likes to work through ordinary, unimpressive people. God likes to use worship teams that occasionally train wreck and miss transitions. God likes to use ordinary preachers. God loves to use ordinary church members to do extraordinary things.

So I love my ordinary, low-class church. We’re just a bunch of weak people that love Jesus, and I love seeing God work through us. When we succeed as a church, it certainly won’t be because of our brilliance or influence. It will be because we serve a mighty God who does great things through weak people.

  • http://nickcoller.wordpress.com Nick Coller

    Great post. But be careful what you wish for – the last time Kirk Cameron and Leo teamed up was in Growing Pains. Do we REALLY want a repeat of that?

    • http://twitter.com/stephenaltrogge @stephenaltrogge

      Hmm, that's a good point Nick. Did they really team up in Growing Pains?

  • Petra Hefner

    Awesome post. If God chose the super people, we might not think that it was God after all. I mean, money and sway does accomplish much even without God. Just sayin'.

    • http://twitter.com/stephenaltrogge @stephenaltrogge

      That's a great point Petra. God loves to work through weak people so that he can have all the glory.

  • http://speakingtothesoul.blogspot.com Nicole McLernon

    Good post. Although, sometimes I wonder what the effect would be if a superstar got saved…

    • http://twitter.com/stephenaltrogge @stephenaltrogge

      Yeah sometimes I wonder that too. In reality, I don't think it necessarily accomplishes that much. I guess sometimes it can, depending on how the celebrity uses their celebrity status.

  • Truth Unites

    God chose Kirk Cameron.

    Praise and glory be to God!

    • http://twitter.com/stephenaltrogge @stephenaltrogge

      Yes, and I'm glad he did!

  • Mike In Iowa

    As I recall, there was a movie put out a few years ago that was going to be the "biggest evangelistic opportunity in 2,000 years". And I'm sure some may have been saved, though I personally know of none. It was called "The Passion" and your tongue in cheek write up reminded me of the hype surrounding it. From the big time director to all the controversy surrounding it and many churches falling for it in helping promote it. No, God works through the small things as you said in your post.

    • http://twitter.com/stephenaltrogge @stephenaltrogge

      Yes, he works through the small and insignificant things so that he gets the glory!

  • http://www.SpiritualKlutz.com Spiritual Klutz

    This. Post. ROCKS. I feel so much better about our worship band that "occasionally train wrecks and misses transitions." I really like your blog, man. Keep up the good work.

    • http://twitter.com/stephenaltrogge @stephenaltrogge

      Thanks man!

  • Louis

    I remember my youth pastor telling us how great it would be if Michael Jordan got saved. (this was during the height of Jordan's career) then imagine all the people that would be saved as a result. I spent many years wishing that I had the chance to meet MJ and lead him to faith in Christ, and dreaming of all the converts that would come as a result of MJ's influence.

    Now that I look back I just have to shake my head and sigh. I regret thinking that MJ's influence would be greater than the Holy Spirit's, but that's what I was taught, albeit, not in those exact words.

    • http://twitter.com/stephenaltrogge @stephenaltrogge

      In regards to Jordan, if he did get saved, that would be cool, but God would still have to be the one to save people. God does the work, God gets the glory!

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  • Heather

    How do you know Leo isn't saved?

    • StephenAltrogge

      I guess I don\’t! I just assumed he wasn\’t based on roles played in movies and the fact that he never has mentioned anything about it. But I guess he could be!

  • Hello

    I don't know about God working through unimpressive people…clearly, Kirk Cameron is one of the exceptions…he is impressive in every way, ESPECIALLY visually and intellectually. I mean seriously, who WOULDN'T want to be saved after hearing him and Ray Comfort preach the gospel and look so good while they're doing it? I can't decide if he's hotter than he is smart, or the other way around…

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  • http://twitter.com/nmabry @nmabry

    Consider what Tom Cruise has done for Scientology. My guess is that the majority of the world would view Leo in the same way. Furthermore, I would be concerned with those that came to faith under Leo in that they would be following a man and not a Savior (while lacking true faith). I have the same concern for people following a celebrity pastor (whether that man is sound in doctrine or not). In fact, I think we should consider "Christian Celebrity" an oxymoron.

    On a side note, I believe that Zac Levi (aka Chuck) has professed Christ and even has Bible Studies in his home.

  • Casey

    Thanks for this post. I like this verse too. It seems to relate.

    Psalm 35:27
    Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause:, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

  • lisa runnels

    JESUS HAS SOME SPECIAL HEAVY DUTY JOB FOR HIM———–HE IS A KING OF SORTS——————HE JUST HASN'T FIGURED IT OUT YET—-PATIENCE—————————————-