Kristin Chenoweth On Christianity

Kristin Chenoweth just can't understand why loving gay people and being a good Christian have to be mutually exclusive. The actress spoke recently with The Advocate about her personal beliefs, sharing a lesson learned long ago from Grandma Chenoweth.

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth, a self-identifying Christian, has at times had to sacrifice for her beliefs. The actress, who is releasing her fourth studio album Some Lessons Learned on Sept. 13, has spoke openly about her support of the gay community -- a move that caused her to be fired from a Women of Faith concert in 2005.

Despite that incident, which Kristin Chenoweth describes as the saddest moment in her professional life, she continues on her own path of faith in which she isn't afraid to get a little cheesy and ask, "What would Jesus do?"

Kristin the Christian:

"I read my Bible and I pray and all of that — I really do. But at the same time, I don't think being gay is a sin. Period.

"I would ask, 'What would Jesus do?' [Laughs] It sounds so cliché and Pollyanna-ish, but I have a feeling if he were on the earth today, he wouldn't be walking around saying, 'You're going to hell' and 'You're wrong, you're wrong, you're wrong.' I think he'd be accepting and loving.

The short end of the story:

"I always use this as an example: What would I do if it was a sin to be short? That's the way God made me, so what could I do? Let's see, I could wear heels, I could tease my hair, and maybe on a good day I could be 5'1". But the bottom line is, I'm 4'11" and that's the way I was put together. And that's what I believe about homosexuals. And I love, love that this has become a purpose in my life. It's one that I didn't ever expect. 'What would Jesus do?' That's my answer."

A lesson from Grandma Chenoweth:

"My Grandma Chenoweth told me something when I was growing up. My [gay] best friend — I've talked about him many times, his name's Denny. I asked my Grandma Chenoweth, 'How can it be that he's going to hell? I just don't think that correct.' And she said, 'Well, Kris, I read the Bible like I eat fish: I take the meat, and it serves me well, but I don't choke on the bone.'"

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Comments on "Kristin Chenoweth asks 'What would Jesus do?'"

Johan May 13, 2012 | 8:47 PM

My god accepts matter who they are, or what they have done, or what they choose to follow. If you can't accept this, then deal with it on YOUR judgement day.

Andrea Nosko September 09, 2011 | 4:59 PM

Good for you, Kristin! I feel the same way you do and put it to words that I would say it. All of us are God's childen. I myself am a 4/11 and half Catholic Christan and inspiring singer. We have things in common with opinions and interest in acting and singing.

Lenny September 08, 2011 | 9:41 AM

Unfortunately for Kristin, Christianity isn't about what *she* thinks is a sin. It's about what God says. Let God judge you say? Okay, that sounds fine, here is His judgment: 1Cr 6:9 - 10 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor HOMOUALS, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. If you want to go ahead and say homouality is okay with God, then you have to unilaterally throw out everything else that's stated in that verse and say it's perfectly fine to commit adultery, to steal, to extort others. But oh, hey, sorry if I'm judging thieves and extortioners.. because that would be bad according to your logic. 2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. All Scripture. Even if we don't understand every aspect. We are responsible to live according to his words and commands, without excuse. Just because you don't like that, doesn't mean God will hold you to a different standard.

Tracy September 08, 2011 | 9:05 AM

I love her! She is talented, articulate and stands up for what she believes in. Sounds like she gets her outlook from her grandma!

Greg September 08, 2011 | 8:39 AM

AMEN!!! I am so tired of people passing judgement. ONLY God can judge. I love like Jesus loves... everyone, all equally.

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