Actor Lucas Black was raised in a Christian home. He visited church as he describes it “every Sunday.”
But Black, who’s most widely known for his roles in NCIS: New Orleans, the Fast and the Furious series and 42, says his faith was stagnant, at best, as a adult. That changed when he began having children.
In 2015 the entire year his third child was created he began reading the Bible.
Black gets the leading role in the brand new Pureflix original movie Legacy Peak.
“That  was once the Holy Spirit convicted me,” Black told Christian Headlines. “And really, my faith and my relationship with god, the father became a whole lot closer. That has been when I was stepping in to the fatherhood role. THEREFORE I really wished to point my kids in the proper direction.”
Black, now 39, starred as special agent Christopher LaSalle from 2014 to 2019 in CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans,eventually stepping away to devote additional time to his family. Today his three children are 11, 9 and 7.
“[I knew] I would need to stand firm and stand strong in my own beliefs easily would survive, and really keep my children held together,” he said. “That has been really when, you understand, some individuals would say [I] rededicated my entire life to god, the father in 2015 seeking Him and becoming seriously interested in my relationship with Him.”
Black starred as Sean Boswell in F9: The Fast Saga (2021), Furious 7 (2015) and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift(2006). In 42, the movie about baseball great Jackie Robinson, he played Robinson’s teammate, Pee Wee Reese.
He acknowledges he’s rejected roles “due to content or the type that I’d be playing.” Black says he enjoys “redemptive” stories.
His Christian convictions, he says, have become stronger recently. For a long period, he says, he didn’t have a “spiritual family that I relied on, or men that I did so a Bible study with or that held me accountable.”
“So [I was] on the market in the entertainment business, attempting to do it simply by myself with god, the father, and He was always there with me, nonetheless it was just hard,” Black said. “You understand, it had been tough. It certainly wasn’t until like 2015 where I had a good spiritual family that I possibly could do life with individuals who I possibly could call upon easily had a question about anything, or easily was fighting anything. Therefore that’s once the relationship with god, the father really visited a complete different level. That community around me has gotten a whole lot stronger.”
Photo courtesy: Pureflix, used in combination with permission.
Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press,Christianity Today, The Christian Post, theLeaf-Chronicle,the Toronto Star andthe Knoxville News-Sentinel.