Robert Downey Jr. Mentions Chuck Missler on The Daily Show

I’m a few days behind on this one, but I still decided to post it.  During a recent episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Robert Downey Jr. sat down to discuss his latest film, Iron Man 3.  Toward the end of the interview, he proceeds to deliver a quote that he attributes to prominent Christian author and speaker, Chuck Missler.   Certainly it is a short clip and it really doesn’t matter in the big scheme of things who a Hollywood actor endorses as far as ministry, but I do find that the buzz taking place in the aftermath of Downey’s dropped Missler bomb to be quite interesting.  Here’s the interview.  The Missler mention is around the 6:30 mark.

 

Now, anytime someone prominent in the entertainment industry chooses to promote something or someone connected to a Biblical worldview, it is a good thing.   We all know the influence that celebrities have on the public mind.  It is likely that many RDJ fans have since Googled “Chuck Missler” since this Daily Show episode aired, and my prayer is that the journey will win souls for Jesus!

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Chuck Missler is the founder of the Koinonia House ministry. (www.khouse.org/)

With that said, I’m a little concerned on a couple of fronts by some of the reaction I’ve seen to this clip.  Many seem to think that RDJ’s mention of Missler indicates that he’s a Christian and they are going to start promoting him as such.  I like Robert Downey Jr., always have.  But I find nothing to indicate that he is a practicing Christian.  In a 2004 interview with the New York Times, he said, “Now I would call myself a Jew-Bu, a Jewish-Buddhist. But there were many times when Catholicism saved my butt.” Others have said that perhaps his admiration of Missler’s ministry is something RDJ has newly happened upon in a search for truth.  That is actually provably incorrect as well.  Downey mentions the Misslers in a letter he wrote to fans while he was incarcerated.  In the letter, which is dated Oct. 31, 1999, RDJ says, “Hold on! Is anyone aware of Chuck and Nancy Missler and their dual genius at www.khouse.org ? Don’t trip on the christian tip. Information is experience. Boo hoo! Gotta fly!” It seems that RDJ is a longtime fan of the Misslers, but he stops short of promoting the Christian aspect of their ministry.  Even in the above clip with Jon Stewart, he stops himself from actually uttering the word “Christian”.  Watch it again, you’ll see what I mean. So, what am I trying to say with all of this?  I guess my main point is that many Christians are just as likely to feel star struck as anyone else.  The reaction I’ve seen regarding this clip has been really strange.  It is almost as though some people are feeling like their faith has been validated by the words of a celebrity, when the truth is he likely doesn’t share their faith at all. My prayer for RDJ is that through his study, that he’s able to embrace a fully Biblical worldview, and that this journey takes him beyond a mere scholarly search for information into a truly born again experience. I am living proof that the Lord can take a spiritual quest and use it for His glory.

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