Actor Denzel Washington, who has frequently spoken out about his Christian faith, recently opened up about his decision not to drink — and the moment that inspired it.
In an article published Sunday, Washington, star of the forthcoming movie “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” in which he plays a defense attorney determined to help the poor and destitute, shared some of his personal testimony with The Christian Post.
The 62-year-old actor said he’s “doing what God told me to do from the beginning.”
“It was prophesied that I would travel the world and preach to millions of people. It was prophesied when I was 20. I thought it was through my work, and it has been,” Washington said. “My mother said to me when I was 59, she said, ‘Denzel, you do a lot of good. You have to do good the right way, and you know what I’m talking about.’”
It was that conversation with his mother that led the Academy Award winner to take his faith seriously. For him, part of that was giving up alcohol.
In August 2014, Washington reportedly had to detox after what TMZ described as “a wild, alcohol-fueled, gluttonous month-long vacation” with his wife, Pauletta. And a couple years earlier, in 2012, he walked back a decades-old vow to give up booze, joking he “semi-quit.”
But maybe the tide is turning now.
“I don’t drink anymore — I don’t do any of those things,” Washington told the Post. “I’m all about the message, to the degree that I know it, and I’m unashamed and unafraid to share it.”
The Hollywood icon also urged millennials to “be unafraid and unashamed” in sharing their own faith with their peers. Washington highlighted the importance of working together “because this is a very divisive, angry time you’re living in, unfortunately.”
Washington pointed out that, in this age of social media, people are so critical and mean-spirited toward one another.
“You can’t blame anyone, including the president,” the performer said. “It’s the age that we are in and we have to look at what’s happening to us before it’s too late.”
Washington also delved into politics a little, recalling a time when A.R. Bernard, pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, pointed out Daniel chapter 10 to him, saying, “God puts leaders in place for a reason and a season.”
“There’s a reason. You may not like what’s going on, but the boss has a reason,” he said.