Bear Grylls Reminds Us ‘Our Job In Life Is To Stay Close To Christ’

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Bear Grylls Reminds Us ‘Our Job In Life Is To Stay Close To Christ’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Survivalist and TV personality Bear Grylls is opening up about his strong Christian faith, plus his thoughts on Western church culture. 

He explained, “Our job in life is to stay close to Christ and drop the religious, drop the fluff, drop the church if you need to because that means so many different things to different people anyway.”

“Keep the bit of church which is about community and friends and honesty and faith and love,” Grylls said. “All the masks, performances, music and worship bands and all of that sort of stuff — I don’t think Christ would recognize a lot of that.”

Grylls also spoke about his disappointment at the sanitization of “religious language,” which has created environments where people “can’t be honest, can’t express doubt and can’t fail.” The Church, he emphasized, is “the place to have doubts and questions.”

“Look at the early Church,” he pointed out. “It was a room full of people eating and drinking and doubting and struggling and arguing.”

In Grylls’ mind, today’s churches have strayed from that. 

“Probably most of the people in the congregation have substance abuse, and probably most of their congregations struggle with porn and all that sort of stuff,” he explained. “What a relief it is when a pastor can stand up and go, ‘Welcome to the hospital, folks. Here we go. I’m just standing alongside you on the road, failing our way through, but reaching out of desperation for life and love and redemption. Let’s look outwards, and love other people, and we’re in it together.’”

Grylls’ faith has sustained him throughout his survivalist career.

Movieguide® previously reported on Grylls’ faith:

Survival instructor Bear Grylls, popularly known for his hit TV series “Man vs. Wild,” is now showing people another side of himself, with a new devotional about how his Christian faith has helped him survive life’s toughest challenges.

Grylls has written several books about his death-defying experiences, sharing survival tips. But in a recent interview with Fox News, he said his new devotional is about “the most important part of his life … faith in Jesus Christ.”

The new book, released this summer, is a 365-daily devotional called Soul Fuel and is pegged an “honest book,” where “Bear reveals the inspiration that helps him to stand strong and find peace each day. These daily readings — explore themes of friendships, failure, courage, risk, and more — show us all how to face each day with purpose and power,” the book’s synopsis reads.

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