An entertainment personality known as an “all-around provocateur,” Russell Brand, has explained in an interview with Relevant Magazine that Christ makes his life make sense.
“My personal feeling is the teachings of Christ are more relevant now than they’ve ever been,” he said, continuing, “If Christ consciousness is not accessible to us, then what is the point of the story of Jesus, you know? He’s just a sort of a scriptural rock star, just an icon. Unless Christ is right here, right now, in your heart, in your consciousness, then what is Christ?”
Brand famously fought battles with sex, drug and alcohol addictions, and while he’s years past reaching out to a multi-step program that seeks help from a higher power in leaving those behind, he’s just out now with his book “Recovery: Freedom From Our Additions.”
He explained, “I do think a spiritual and transcendent change is required for people to be free from addiction. And by spiritual change, I mean the transition from one’s life being predicated on self-fulfillment to a life predicated on service, which for me is a moment-to-moment struggle.”
He explains that the key to overcoming his addictions – he once was caught at a party shooting up heroin in the host’s bathroom – is admitting the need for help.
“Admit you have a problem. Believe it’s possible to change, and ask Him for help. Invite Him in … Capital Hs, of course,” he said.
At Movieguide, Managing Editor Ben Kayser wrote, “Bravo Mr. Brand!”
“British Comedian Russell Brand had a reputation in and outside of Hollywood, and it wasn’t a very good one. Starting his career off as a stand-up comedian, and later an MTV host, Brand hit a stride in his career when he starred in vulgar comedies FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL and GET HIM TO THE GREEK and was married to pop-star Katy Perry for two years. Underneath, however, Brand was struggling with a serious drug and sex addiction. It was this brokenness that put him on the path towards Jesus. In his new book entitled Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions, Brand explains in an interview with Relevant Magazine that his ‘route to spirituality comes through addiction, so it comes from desperation and fear and this sort of defeat, destruction, annihilation of self in a very humiliating way, I suppose,’ he said. ‘So, I had no choice but to embrace spiritual life, but now I am grateful for this. It makes sense of my life.'”
Kayser noted Brand’s recent criticism of pornography and more.
Brand revealed he recites the Lord’s Prayer every day.
The Relevant report continued, “Brand feels the world is profoundly broken. Technology, pop culture and social media have accelerated the worst impulses of human nature, and, in his view, never has there been a time in history that humanity has more desperately needed the message of Jesus.”
“There’s a famous quote: ‘Every man who knocks on a brothel door, he’s looking for God,'” he says. “Crack houses and these dens of suffering and illicit activity, they’re all people trying to feel good, trying to feel connected. People are trying to escape. People are trying to get out of their own heads. To me, this is a spiritual impetus.”
Relevant noted Brand’s early career as a stand-up, MTV VJ host, reality show host and more.
“Already having been arrested a dozen times for drug-related incidents, Brand was caught shooting up heroin in the bathroom during an office Christmas party by his agent, who knew that Brand’s life was now legitimately at risk,” Relevant said. “After an intervention orchestrated by his agent, Brand embraced recovery—not just as a means of getting clean, but as a way of seeing the world. The experience radically changed him, and he’s since become an advocate for what’s known as the 12-step program, an addiction recovery method based largely on Christian principles that is centered on a reliance on a higher power, self-reflection and forgiveness.”
From his troubled upbringing and his bohemian lifestyle, he concedes he doesn’t exactly fit the caricature of a traditional Christian.
“My understanding of what religion means altered,” Brand explained. “Because when I think about the aim, the purpose of religion, I think it becomes—when you put aside the social institutions that spring up around religions in all their strains and various forms of strands—I believe that the purpose of religion is love and connection, to feel connected to one another and to feel at ease with who we are … a kind of oneness, a kind of wholeness. So, as I began to understand that, this sort of superficial language of religion seemed less relevant.”
But he’s never far from what he considers important.
“Because I come from a Christian culture, a lot of the language of prayer that I use is Christian,” he explains. “I say the Lord’s Prayer every day. I try to connect to what those words mean. I connect to what the Father means. I connect to what wholeness means to me. I think about the relationship between forgiveness and being forgiven and the impossibility of redemption until you are willing to forgive and let go.”