Lohan, Gibson, and the anti-babylon

Last week Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating probation. Did you catch her secret message? And this week we were all saddened as the darker side of Mel Gibson surfaced once again, on tapes recorded by his ex-girlfriend. But I guess this is what we’ve come to expect. Such is life in our modern-day Babylon.

Celebrities often think they can get away with anything from abusive behavior to an F-word sketched on fingernail polish in court. By their actions they say “I am, and there is no one besides me.” But it’s not just celebrities.

We sit in judgment behind our TV and computer screens, from behind the pages of People magazine. We judge both appearance and behavior as if from a heavenly throne, as if we’re God. And yet our own secrets enslave us again and again.

It’s hard to imagine anything different, but there is something different available.

The anti-Babylon is a place where:
1) Secrets are revealed not by the National Enquirer, but by hearts being set free from shame and enslavement.
2) Humility rather than pride guides our actions, and our responses to those around us who suffer.
3) We see all people – famous and marginalized alike—through the eyes of love, with compassion and hope.
4) We neither falsely elevate nor condemn ourselves and others, for we will be able to see clearly.
5) We don’t need celebrities to feel good about ourselves, and where celebrities are free to fight their battles without our constant judgment.
6) God will fill the holes in our heart with His love and will redeem our darkness with His light.

The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15

10 thoughts on “Lohan, Gibson, and the anti-babylon

  1. Nicely said Anna. I feel terribly sorry for celebrities in our modern culture. We love to build em up, worship them, and when they stumble, tear them down.
    I have actually been very surprised by the way Mel’s story has been reported in the news media over here. Very little grace and plenty of condemnation.
    I’m not saying that what he said was right, but maybe these things will work in his favour in a way. Quite a humbling experience I imagine! Sure would like to think that touch of God on his life will end up leading him down the narrow path which leads to life.
    Bless you,
    Tim

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  2. Great points. As I mention to my wife, the reason most actors are good is that have deep insecurities which they can draw on when they act. Hopefully, Christians draw on the Holy Spirit when they are faced with problems.

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  3. “And yet our own secrets enslave us again and again. ” Unless you have no secrets because you lay everything out on a blog.

    I’m a bitter ex-christian.
    I’m a mostly happy atheist.
    I suffer from chronic mild depression with occasional bouts of severe depression
    I adore non-exploitative pornography.

    “hearts being set free from shame and enslavement. Humility rather than pride guides our actions, and our responses to those around us who suffer.”

    My friend those are good choices, but I would say that unlike say…the doctrine of the indwelling of the holy spirit…those are not things unique to Christianity. Any person can chose to make those choices, regardless of their faith.

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    1. Rage, we all have secrets. And when we blog about them, we can control how they are presented and what we admit, much like celebrities will do a “tell-all” interview. These are the secrets you have chosen to lay out. But I’m sure your wife knows more about you than your readership, and even then there’s probably more that she doesn’t know. It’s what you won’t even admit to yourself that is the most dangerous. That’s where you are enslaved.

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    1. “Well, how do I learn things that are hidden from myself?”

      I don’t believe that you can on your own. but with God all things are possible.

      “There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. There is nothing kept secret that will not come to light.” Mark 4:22

      “Search me O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts” Psalm 139:23

      “I weep with grief; encourage me by your word. Keep me from lying to myself” Psalm 119:28-29

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