TDB: To start off, could you tell us about your time as an actor and what’s led you to A Question of Faith?
TC: Yeah, so 2008 I was going into what would have been my 7th year of pro-football (that was a goal of mine) and ended up going to see a movie called Fireproof. When I saw the impact that movie had on the people in the theater, my heart just started to beat in such a way where I wanted to be an actor. I had to make sure I wasn’t just a prisoner of the moment, so I started to pray about it. I began saying, “Lord if this is something you want me to do, just show me!” I told the Lord if it was His will I wanted to work with the Kendrick brothers, who had made Fireproof. A year and a half later, I’m working with the Kendrick brothers in my first film. The Lord had spoken clear enough that I could see that’s what He wanted, so I said okay! I never looked back and here I am!
TDB: That’s incredible! So, tell us about A Question of Faith and what attracted you to its story.
TC: Yeah, well A Question of Faith is about three families and three storylines, who are living their own lives. Two tragedies occur between the families and they are all going to be connected through it, though they don’t see it happening. Their faith will be tested and you will see how each family deals with each tragedy. It ends up dividing them a little bit, but it ends up uniting them in the end because they’re all involved even though they didn’t all know it. You watch them work it out, and it’s really cool the way it all plays out. The film tackles tough issues like organ donation, texting while driving, racism, lack of fame, and tragedies. It’s a tough film, but it has a great, great message and I think people will enjoy watching it all play out.
TDB: Like you said, this film tackles tough subjects. What was it like to see these situations play out?
TC: Oh, it was great – and it’s one of the reasons I signed on to do the film. As I read the whole script, I was taken back to when I saw Fireproof and the effect it had on the audience. I knew this film was going to have an impact on the audience in the same way. I was told who would be on the cast and knew we would be a great team, so my prayer was that we’d all come together and tell this story well. I was able to be a part of this group that gets to tell this story and is able to teach people lessons on how to handle tragedy – because it is bound to happen in life and not all promises in Scripture are good ones. Some are just that things will be tough. We not only need to be taught how to receive blessings, but how to deal with tragedy. This film does that, and I was happy to be on board to help.
TDB: Absolutely. So, what was it like working with this cast on set – and did you know them beforehand?
TC: No! It was cool because I grew up watching a lot of them on TV. You know, I grew up seeing football and watching these guys saying, “someday I’ll be on TV for football!” And, “someday I’ll be on set with those people!” The crazy thing is, I have been. It’s been God’s plan all along.
TDB: A Question of Faith was made for churches, as was Fireproof. What do you hope churches take away from this film?
TC: Christians will identify with a lot of things they see on screen. I think they’ll be challenged in their faith to take a look at the other side of life and being a Christian. Like I said, difficult times are promised in Scripture. They come for a lot of different reasons, sometimes to challenge us and sometimes to punish us for our sins. A lot of times they come just because it’s part of our God-given purpose to deal with something tough so we can be strengthened. The Bible promises that, so I think Christians will be reminded that you need to be strong in those times and reminded where you need to get that strength from – constant prayer and trust in God. I think a lot of people will see that and be challenged by it. The message will reaffirm that these are things that can happen.
They’ll end up evaluating their own lives and wonder what they would do in those tough tragedies. They may ask themselves how they deal with difficult times and if they need to go to a “spiritual boot camp” and restrengthen themselves in certain areas. I hope, mostly, that they walk away knowing how to answer the question, “Why God, why?” I hope they know that they’re a close follower of Jesus Christ with the strength to get through it. Finally, I hope they don’t look to any other source through that time. So hopefully that’s what they walk away with.
TDB: You bring up a very good point there about that question people inevitably ask in hard times. Can you explain why the movie is titled A Question of Faith?
TC: It’s literally – and I love that the title of it deals with what a lot of the characters in this film do – asking that question of “why God, why?” Saying, “I don’t know if this makes sense. I don’t know if I can do this anymore. I’ve been tested, I followed him, and now this happens? Okay, no. I don’t know if this is something I am cut out for.” The film teaches us not to do that, but to question the Lord like you question your Dad. Asking, “How can I get through this? What do I do?”
He’ll lovingly explain or lovingly lead you through. Asking those questions lead to the alternative; walking away from the Lord. That’s something we need to take into consideration. We need to spend time in Bible groups and being led by someone greater than us.
TDB: Absolutely, and as we watch characters go through struggles and learn from that, we will see them also forgive. I think that will convict and teach many Christians, as well.
TDB: Thank you so much again for your time and work on this film, TC. We’ll talk again soon!
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