There are probably only a few scenarios in which someone can go from a first meeting to an engagement in less than six weeks. For Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici, that was ABC’s “The Bachelor,” a reality television show in which one man tries to find his match—dating about two-dozen wife-hopefuls along the way. (Spoiler alert: Lowe and Giudici were married in a fairy-tale ceremony 14 months later.) As the only Bachelor in 19 seasons to marry the woman he proposed to on the show, fans and viewers recognized that Lowe held different values than many of the past leading men. In fact, 31-year-old Lowe was vocal about how his Christian faith played a central role in his life, and he was uncompromising in his principles.
Lowe’s New York Times best-selling book, “For the Right Reasons,” chronicles his life before, during and after his time with “The Bachelor” franchise. And while fans of the show may be interested in his experience from the production side, Christians will find Lowe’s take on holding firm to his faith in a secular industry inspiring and encouraging.
Now he’s taking that message on the road. Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and Fellowship Church and Southern Methodist University in Dallas are just a few of the venues where he’s had a chance to share his story. Lowe spoke with Connect Faith’s Natalie Dupuis to discuss his many passions.
What was it like to be labeled “The Christian” on reality TV?
Going into “The Bachelorette,” [on which he was a third-place finalist on the eighth season with Bachelorette Emily Maynard] I knew I would be in the minority as it relates to my faith. But I did a daily devotional in the morning, and the other guys [on the show] would start to come out because they wanted to hear it as well. Actually, it was encouraging for me in my faith because I was reaching people, and I was thinking: Maybe this is why God put me here, so I can reach some of these guys. I certainly believe that was part of His reason.
Was it challenging to cling to your principles in that environment?
I’m confident in who I am and what I believe. I know God runs my life and is the central focus, and I’m not going to alter that for anybody, and that included the producers on the show. They knew who I was and where I was coming from, and what I would and wouldn’t do. Maybe if this had happened earlier in my life, in my early 20s, I may have given in to certain temptations.