Lawson Bates on Being a Christian: ‘Faith has to be Something Personal’

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Lawson Bates on Being a Christian: ‘Faith has to be Something Personal’

Interview by Evy Baehr Carrol, Movieguide® TV Host

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Lawson Bates, of BRINGING UP BATES, told Movieguide®’s Evy Baehr Carroll about how his parents encouraged him to have a personal relationship with God.

“One thing my parents encouraged us they said, ‘Your faith has to be something personal. It has to be something that is yours,’” the reality star said.

He continued, “We can’t just give you our faith and you say, ‘oh, this is what our parents are this is what you are.’ You need to find that path on your own. You need to let God direct and lead you there.”

Bates said his parents put an emphasis on faith in their home growing up, which helped him come to the decision to give his life to God at a young age.


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Ain’t got ya a Sunday inspiring quote, but I did read a message of hope with a promise we can all take to heart! I hope these verse’s encourage you to never give up, because with Jesus at our side, you and I can face any high or low the world throws at us with the hope, peace, and comfort only He can give 🙏🏽 . “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray to the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth… I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you… Because I live, ye shall live also… I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” John 14:15-21 📖

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“I became a Christian when I was 11. Some people say that’s too young, that’s too old,” Bates said.

“I think that in life you know, we’re all at different places, but each of us, you know, when God’s prompting us, whether it’s you know about our faith, personally, we just need to follow that, that prompting. I became a Christian at 11 and it’s the best thing I ever did,” he explained.

Bates said his parents are always there to answer any questions he or any of his 18 siblings have about faith and to “Steer the way if we’re in something that we don’t understand.”

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The family’s strong faith can be seen through their positivity, which is showcased on their reality show, BRINGING UP BATES on UPtv.

Bates said UPtv’s goal is to “Put out positive uplifting shows that the whole family can watch and be happy about.”

He added that being positive is what his family tries to be all about, and that’s exactly what the production team wants to put on television.

“You want them [kids] to be seeing things that’s gonna make them a better person so they carry that mentality into their work environment as well,” Bates said of what families can get out of their show.

Catch new episodes of BRINGING UP BATES Thursdays on UPtv at 9 p.m. EST.

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