Singer and actress Kathie Lee Gifford says God prompted her early in life to be a beacon of light for Christ in Hollywood and the entertainment industry. 

She also hopes her testimony will inspire Christians to be a light for Jesus in their own workplace.  

“Ever since I entered this industry in a full-time way, when I was 17 years old, the Lord was very, very clear with me and He said: Never separate the secular from the spiritual. ‘You live in my world, you live in my world.’ People will try to say [Hollywood is] secular. … [People say] there is such a godless world there. [But] God is everywhere,” Gifford told host Sadie Robertson Huff in the latest edition of the Whoa That’s Good Podcast.  

Gifford has released two faith-based projects in recent months: The Way, a musical film re-telling of the story of Scripture; and a book, The God of the Way: A Journey into the Stories, People, and Faith That Changed the World Forever (W Publishing). The book was co-written with Rabbi Jason Sobel, who describes himself as a messianic Jew. 

“There might be people that don’t know yet God and don’t know that He loves him. But there is no godless place on this planet,” Gifford said. “There’s no godless place in this cosmos and all of creation. God, the Creator, is everywhere.”

Gifford, who won a Daytime Emmy in 2019 for her role on the Today Show, said she views herself as Christ’s representative no matter where she goes.

“I knew every time I walked on a movie set, on a television set, or a recording studio or a stage, or a Baptist church, or Israel or whatever — it was God’s world,” Gifford said. “And I got the privilege of being in it and walking in it with Yeshua Jesus. And He would be with me whether I was talking to Jay Leno or I was talking to Billy Graham. I had to be authentically Child of God Kathie Lee, wherever I went. And when I started separating those two is the only time I ever got in trouble. … He created all the world.”

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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, the Leaf-Chroniclethe Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.