Hollywood producer DeVon Franklin has kept faith at the center of his successful career, having shared his journey as a Christian in Hollywood in Produced by Faith: Enjoy Real Success Without Losing Your True Self in 2011. Franklin has since produced such box office hits as “Miracles from Heaven” and “Heaven Is for Real.” He most recently authored the bestselling book, The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love with his wife, actress Megan Good.
During a February interview of the set of “The Dr. Oz Show,” where he regularly appears as a guest, Franklin was asked to define “sin.” Here’s what Franklin, also an ordained Seventh-day Adventist preacher, had to say:
“I define sin as an offense against God. You know, an offense against what He’s called us to do and who He’s called us to be and the laws and principles he’s put in his Word that we may choose to go against, which sometimes happen overtly and sometimes it happens inadvertently.
“So for me, being in Hollywood, I love this question. Because so many people think that just because it’s Hollywood, that the walk I’ve had to walk was different. Not so. You can be a minister and you still have the same temptations in ministry that you have in Hollywood because the temptation comes from your desire. I can’t be tempted by what I don’t want. I can only be tempted by what I want. And my ambition can put me in a position where I’m very tempted to do a lot of things. We can be tempted to do a lot of things that may work against us.
“So for me, what I’ve had to manage, number one, in order to not fall into that trap, is manage what I wanted and challenge myself on why I want it. So Hollywood just may be the megaphone for that experience but it’s no different. And the way that I’ve tried to navigate it is at every step, ‘Lord, not my will but thine be done. Do you want me to do this? Do you want me to do this project? Do you want me to handle this movie?’ And there have been movies where I have said I’m not gonna work on it… I can’t add any value to that because that doesn’t align with what I want to put in the world. And guess what, I didn’t get fired for it. They just began to bring me the types of movies that I could do. And what came out of that? “Heaven Is For Real” [and] “Miracles From Heaven.” You can find a path if you search for it, no matter what you’re doing.”