Denzel Washington to College Grads: ‘Put God First in Everything You Do’

Hollywood superstar Denzel Washington was the commencement speaker at the graduation for Dillard University this weekend, and he gave the 218 students in attendance some pretty great advice: “Put God first in everything you do … Everything that I have is by the grace of God, understand that. It's a gift … I didn't always stick with Him, but He stuck with me.” He also told the graduates to not “be afraid to fail big” and reminded them that no matter “how much money you make, you can't take it with you.” He encouraged the students to live a life of prayerful gratitude:

While you're [on your knees], say thank you. Thank you for grace, thank you for mercy, thank you for understanding, thank you for wisdom, thank you for parents, thank you for love, thank you for kindness, thank you for humility, thank you for peace, thank you for prosperity. Say thank you in advance for what is already yours ... True desire in the heart for anything good is God's proof to you sent beforehand that it's already yours ... When you get it, reach back, pull someone else up.

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Leonard Martinez

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Leonard Martinez commented…

May God bless you and keep you in the power of his love, Denzel Washington.

Chantell Boyd

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Chantell Boyd commented…

Truth God has placed him in a position to get a message across to sinners and people looking to be rich and famous. He is an actor, his job is to play uncomfortable roles. He continually brings Glory to God but exalting him and being the best actor he can be. God used plenty of sinners to show how great he was, why would Denzel be different? We need to uplift other Christians not criticize them.

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Jim Leggett

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Jim Leggett commented…

Personally, I'm not a big fan of Denzel. He's the "listen to my words, but not my actions" christian - if he is even a follower of Christ at all. I can't count the number of foul, god-forsaken roles he has played on the big screen. Movies that start out looking innocent but then need to be turned off because of the hellish, dark-horse anti-hero hero characters he has portrayed and promoted.
And if you disagree with me on this, just take a look at the last movie he starred in The Equalizer. Rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout, including some sexual references - 90+ uses of the F word (info from IMDB). The main character is an ex-bad guy who goes around grotesquely murdering the other bad guys to save some girl.
This might seem harsh to some, but IMHO, having Denzel Washington come to a commencement and talk about putting God first makes about as much sense as the demon-possessed girl in Acts ch.16 going around behind Paul and Silas proclaiming to people “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.”
God doesn't need His enemies proclaiming the gospel and perverting it in example - God wants His true followers to share the gospel and live out the example.

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Steve Holub

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Steve Holub replied to Jim Leggett's comment

Truth - God doesn't need His enemies proclaiming the gospel and perverting it in example - God wants His true followers to share the gospel and live out the example.

April Boone

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April Boone replied to Steve Holub's comment

He was only speaking the truth. Psalms 150:6 says, "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord." All he was exorting them to do is to be grateful and thankful for what God has and will do for them. God can use whomever He chooses to bring across his message. Man always looks at the outward (someone's actions, what they say or do) but God looks at the heart. Apparently Denzel prayed before he delivered this address and spoke what God laid on his heart.

Chantell Boyd

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Chantell Boyd commented…

Truth God has placed him in a position to get a message across to sinners and people looking to be rich and famous. He is an actor, his job is to play uncomfortable roles. He continually brings Glory to God but exalting him and being the best actor he can be. God used plenty of sinners to show how great he was, why would Denzel be different? We need to uplift other Christians not criticize them.

Eddie L Mcneil

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Eddie L Mcneil commented…

That's all and good, but what about JESUS? God could be anybody, which God? People are afraid to just say JESUS!!!!

Lord Godfrey Jenkins

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Lord Godfrey Jenkins commented…

And I quote Demzel Washington:

"You motherf***ers will be playing basketball in Pelican Bay when I get finished with you. SHU program, ni***. 23 hour lockdown. I'm the man up in this piece. You'll never see the light of... who the f**k do you think you're f**ing with? I'm the police, I run sh*t around here. You just live here. Yeah, that's right, you better walk away. Go on and walk away... 'cause I'm gonna' burn this motherf***er down. King Kong ain't got sh*t on me. That's right, that's right. Sh*t, I don't, f**k. I'm winning anyway, I'm winning... I'm winning any motherf***ing way. I can't lose. Yeah, you can shoot me, but you can't kill me."

In other words, yeah, his life and his work really pay witness to what he told those kids.

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