Christian Post: You’ve said that your life inspires everything that you do and you often speak about how much you love Jesus. For the Christian audience, for those that want to know what they can look forward to in the film, what would you say to them?
Emmy award-winning entertainer Kathie Lee Gifford is gearing up for the release of her new film, “Then Came You,” part one of what she said is a five-part film series on the power of redemption. The outspoken Christian said she feels the Lord has called her to reach unbelievers. The following is a short edited transcript of The Christian Post’s interview with Gifford.
Gifford: I hope people aren’t disappointed that this is not your typical, this is not a faith-based film, in the terms that it’s different than anything I’ve ever done before. But I felt the Lord’s calling on my life to write a movie for people who don’t know yet that God loves them. I didn’t know why I thought that was a strange thing for Him to say to my heart. But I have many, many, many friends, more nonbeliever friends than I have Christian friends actually in my life, people that I share my faith with and they respect it, but they’re not there yet.
I think the Church has failed nonbelievers in many, many ways through the years and one of the biggest ones is that we haven’t loved them into the Kingdom.
Daytime TV host Kathie Lee Gifford had her final day on NBC’s “Today” show Friday, after 11 years of co-hosting. Before making her official exit, the Emmy Award winner released a short film, titled “The God Who Sees” featuring Nicole C Mullen.
The “modern oratorio” was directed by Gifford and shot in Israel. Mullen, the star of the film and the voice of the song and narration sings and shares about multiple characters in the Bible who have had desert experiences but God saw them through.
“Can you identify with Hagar the single mother, Ruth the widow, David from shepherd boy to King … but still struggling? Or how about Mary of Magdela whose mental illness was caused by demonic forces? Ever been afraid, uncertain, worried, on the run?” Mullen wrote in an Instagram post about some of the people she mentions in the song.
The title is based on one of God’s biblical names — El Ro-ee — which translates to “The God Who Sees Me.” Hagar gave God the name in Gen 16:13.
The song begins in the Old Testament and shows how God is faithful all the way through and ultimately shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“God was giving us something special,” Gifford testified in a behind-the-scenes promotion for the project.
The respected entertainer linked up with Mullens to create the song. After writing it out, it was recorded in one take at a studio in Nashville. Gifford believes God then told her to shoot the video as a short film in Israel.
I hope you will be challenged by the testimony of Kathy Lee Gifford to start witnessing to the unbelievers in your circle of influence for the time is short.