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I got a lot of enjoyment out of Terry Brooks’ novels in high school and college.  His philosophy of fantasy closely resembles (more…)

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There are two problems with the way our society views celebrities.  The first is that we tend toward star-worship, and the second is that we tend toward star-demonization.

Star-worship poses, among other things, the danger of giving our young people and other impressionable folks the wrong values.  Whenever someone like Lindsay Lohan or Alex Rodriguez gets into trouble, we inevitably say: “And to think, our kids look up to them as role models.”

On the other hand, we can also adopt counterproductive attitudes.  We are too quick to judge celebrities’ resolutions toward improvement as being inauthentic — or else we believe they are reforming their lives as they should, but we insist on continuing to hold their transgressions over their heads.

Let’s face it: When addictions and other troubled behaviors become heavily publicized, people don’t forget.  Popular media unfortunately has a way, intentional or not, of maintaining people in their sins…and we, the populace, do no better.  It’s almost as if we, with our attitudes, will not allow them to change.

I think both problems can be addressed by implementing Christ’s great double commandment:

“The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone!

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Mark 12: 29-31

The first commandment can help us by assuring us that God alone is God; and His Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, who is humanity’s Savior and role model.

If we can keep that central priority in mind, we won’t have to worry about idols — that is, false candidates for God — leading us into destructive behavior.

And then there is the second commandment, which is self-explanatory.  Who are we to declare Lindsay Lohan incapable of change?  And if she recognizes the error of her ways, feels badly about them, and repents, then what do we think we are going to achieve by treating her like the scum of the earth?

She is not the scum of the earth…at least, no more than the rest of us.  She is a precious child of God, made for His love.

We cannot nurture any hope for ourselves if  we do not hold hope for even the very worst of sinners.  Why?  Because then we make everything about us, not God.

On that note, I’ll end with the words of Christ:

Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle.

They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.

Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”

They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.

But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.

And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him.

Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more.”

John 8: 3-11

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This video was made four years ago, when the first scandal came around.  Apropos now, don’t you think?

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