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Nov 4, 2012
Standing up with Jonathan Jackson
by Chris Vlahonasios
At a busy youth fellowship the local priest screened from
his iPhone a short YouTube clip from the recent 2012 Emmy Awards. Projected
onto the big screen was the acceptance speech of an actor who none of us knew.
He did not go with the usual run-of-the-mill speech of thanking all his
producers, family and viewers, but he had something more to say. Jonathan
Jackson, standing before a full auditorium and broadcasted worldwide, made the
sign of the Cross and professed his Orthodox Faith. To me it was truly the most
remarkable thing I had seen on TV for a long time.
Virtually unknown in Australia Jonathan Jackson is now recognised
by many young Orthodox. Thanks to the marvels of the digital age his speech has
been uploaded, texted, emailed, retweeted & posted for everyone to be
inspired. His speech was honest, humble & so very Orthodox. Recently
converted to Orthodoxy (a member of the Greek Orthodox Church) he expressed his
Faith sincerely and showed great spiritual development for someone so new to
the Faith. In the typical Orthodox mind-set he expressed his need for love, Grace
and finished by thanking the monks of Mt Athos for ‘unceasingly praying for the
life of the world’ – I never thought an acceptance speech could be so spiritual!
After this introduction to Jackson,
I immediately felt the need to learn more about him. Upon listening to a
podcast interview I discovered a man whose sincerity was only matched by their long-term
determination to discover the true Faith. Jackson
is not a religious ‘show-pony’, using his Faith to gain attention. Instead he
is a man who, like a piece of steel toughened by a fiery fire, is illumined by
the Truth after an exhaustive spiritual search.
Upon hearing his life story I came to understand what made
him able to stand before the world to witness – humility. By him being totally
open to the will of God Jackson came to be transformed and affirmed in knowing who
God really is. When I think back to that clip I like to think that I too would
be able to stand up with Jackson,
Although his show ‘General
Hospital’ is not screened in Australia,
Jonathan Jackson is now not just a soap-star but an inspirational Orthodox