DULUTH — In a video shared exclusively with The Christian Index, actress Masey McLain Stanley urged her generation to use the ongoing quarantine from COVID-19 to confront sin and reassess their relationship with God.
McLain is best known among Georgia Baptists through portraying Rachel Scott in the 2016 movie “I’m Not Ashamed.” Scott was the first victim in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting and known for her Christian faith. McLain’s father, Marty, serves as teaching pastor of Westhills Church in Villa Rica.
In the video, McLain pointed to an “awakening, a merciful jolting of God’s people,” that is taking place amid the coronavirus crisis.
“[It’s a] reminder that James 4:14 says our life is but a mist, a mist that appears for a little while and then is gone,” she said. “In fact, the entirety of that verse says you will not know what will happen tomorrow.”
That realization, she noted, can spur all of us to consider the ramifications of sin, attempts to redefine who God is, and evaluate our relationship with Him.
“How are we as the people of God living today?” she implored. “What if we used this time – this time set apart – to get on our knees and ask God to search us? To know us? To see if there’s any offensive way in us and lead us in His way everlasting? If we did that, what would God find? And would we respond to what He says?”
Later in the commentary McLain addresses an online discussion between celebrities Miley Cyrus and Haley Beiber. With Beiber presenting a defense of the gospel, Cyrus made the counterpoint that she felt better getting to “redesign” her relationship with God.
McLain warned about that mindset being prevalent in today’s culture and even churches. “The thought of serving a God who requires a lifestyle of obedience is horrifying and restricting to many,” she said. “But this view is not after the heart of God.
“Instead of subjecting oneself to God and who He says He is, it fashions for itself its own version of God, one that fits their lifestyle.”
The problem with that line of thinking, she stressed, is that God will not, and cannot, be redefined.
McLain’s full video is available below.
Masey McLain is an actress most known for her role as Rachel Joy Scott in the film, “I’m Not Ashamed.” Today Masey continues to pursue her passion in film/TV, and music, as well as travels the country to speak to others about unapologetically living a life full of passion and purpose. Masey is now an author of her first book, a devotional entitled “It’s Worth It” and currently plays Ashley Baxter on the new MGM/Roma Downey TV series, “The Baxters” – a scripted drama based on the books series by Karen Kingsbury that is set to air in 2020. Masey has recently debuted her first album as a singer/songwriter called “To the Dreamers.”
Scott Barkley serves as editor of The Christian Index.