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Mike Rowe on Faith: ‘Where Did the Humility Go?’

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Mike Rowe on Faith: ‘Where Did the Humility Go?’

By Movieguide® Contributor

DIRTY JOBS’ Mike Rowe is sharing his definition of faith. 

“Everywhere we look, there is a conspicuous lack of humility,” Rowe said during an appearance on Allie Beth Stuckey’s “Relatable” podcast. “Where did the humility go? It’s okay to not be certain of how many galaxies there are in the known universe. It’s okay to believe an intelligent designer is the ultimate architect of all.”

Stuckey agreed, explaining, “The Bible describes faith as the assurance of things hoped for, which, I think, is a really good definition of faith. It’s not confidence in ourselves.”

“It’s actually that humility you’re talking about — ‘Wow, I’m clearly finite, I’m clearly limited…maybe there’s a God that transcends all of our knowledge,’” she continued. “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, but it’s not confidence in my ability to know that there’s a God. It’s confidence that I am so limited that the only explanation for all of this has to be someone bigger and better and wiser and more creative than I am.”

Rowe added, “How do you teach faith? You can’t, in my view. What you can do is, you can talk about it, and you can present the evidence…so in the end, I think most people will put their faith in something because we have to.”

Rowe has previously spoken about his Christian faith, telling Pure Flix, “Faith and church for me growing up wasn’t an event—it wasn’t a thing that was introduced to me. It was a thing that was just there. It was there like the stable had always been there…there were Lenten dinners on Wednesday nights. I was in the Boy Scouts [at the church]. For me, church and the faith that came with it were as much a part of the community as anything else.”

The DIRTY JOBS host is also outspoken about the lack of work ethic he sees in today’s culture. 

“Work ethic used to be a virtue,” Rowe told Fox News. “And by that, I mean, it was a thing that was completely apolitical. Work ethic was the thing we all aspired to because we all knew in our guts that it could help us.”

He continued, “Today, that turn of phrase has become like so many other turns of phrase, a kind of triggering dog whistle of sorts. It means that if you come out in favor of work ethic, then you are de facto on the side of the greedy, rapacious capitalists who are merely trying to exploit the worker.”

Movieguide® previously reported on Rowe’s views on the importance of hard work:

DIRTY JOBS star Mike Rowe recently spoke about the importance of skilled labor in today’s world. 

“In the mid-late 70s, we decided as a culture that more people needed to get an advanced degree,” Rowe said during an appearance on PRAISE ON TBN. “We were probably right. We needed more people to enthusiastically pursue a university education, but in order to convince people that their best chance of success was a four-year degree, we began promoting four-year degrees at the expense of all the other forms of education.”

Rowe is attempting to combat this “skills gap” with his foundation, mikeroweWORKS.

“We simply try to show the country examples of people who have bridged that disconnect by learning a skill that’s in demand, by figuring out how to operate that thing or whatever it is, and by not making skilled training the enemy.”

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Now more than ever we’re bombarded by darkness in media, movies, and TV. Movieguide® has fought back for almost 40 years, working within Hollywood to propel uplifting and positive content. We’re proud to say we’ve collaborated with some of the top industry players to influence and redeem entertainment for Jesus. Still, the most influential person in Hollywood is you. The viewer.

What you listen to, watch, and read has power. Movieguide® wants to give you the resources to empower the good and the beautiful. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support.

You can make a difference with as little as $7. It takes only a moment. If you can, consider supporting our ministry with a monthly gift. Thank you.

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