There is power in the words people speak out loud, especially in front of a young, impressionable audience like the one at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.
The words that come out of a person's mouth have the power of life or death held within them. So, when an awards recipient stands up in front of an audience of millions and declares Jesus to be their Savior, they are speaking life over all who hear their words.
As Disney star Joshua Bassett of the hit show, "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series," took the stage to accept the award for "Favorite Male TV star," he used the opportunity to speak life over every young person in the audience.
"I'd love to thank my Savior, Jesus Christ," Bassett said. "I want to say something. There are a lot of people here who are burdened, broken-hearted, and have been beaten down by life.
"I'm here to tell you: for those of you who've lost hope, there's a very real God who loves you more than you will ever possibly know," Bassett continued. "His promise is peace, and my testimony is my healing.
"Remember: Forgive quickly, love freely and walk courageously," Bassett concluded. "Love always wins in the end."
This public confession comes on the heels of Bassett being baptized at Bethel Church and making waves in the pop culture community because of it.
As reported by The Daily Wire, "The Disney star has come under scrutiny recently when videos circulated of him getting baptized at Bethel Church, a non-denominational church in Redding, California. Because Bassett has previously declared himself a member of the LGBTQ community, followers expressed their confusion over his allegiance to this church."
Bassett also gave a short testimony at Bethel detailing his struggles growing up a Christian, and the new hardships that came with leaving his faith behind as a young adult.
"My name is Joshua Bassett," the actor said. "Long story short, I grew up Christian and I ran the other way, as far as I could go, in pursuit of the 'truth.'
"That only ended in addiction, depression, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, et cetera," he continued. "No other teacher gave me anywhere near the peace that Jesus Christ did.
"I'm here to publicly declare him as my Lord and savior," Bassett concluded.
February 13, 2023
As a member of Gen Z and the same age group as students at Asbury University who just experienced an incredible outpouring of the Lord, Bassett is another example of how his generation is looking for spiritual answers. Their questions can only be answered with Jesus Christ.
Pray that young adults like Bassett can become plugged into a Spirit-filled church that sows into them both spiritually and practically. That they be discipled by mature, grounded Christians who help them grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
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James Lasher is Staff Writer for Charisma Media.
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