Saturday, August 19, 2006

Mel Gibson

Before Sir Percy returns, I wish to post a short note of support for Mel Gibson.

Mr. Gibson is a man blessed with abundant gifts, a man of profound humility and sincerity. One may say that it's unfortunate, indeed, for skeletons-- thought to be all but buried-- are once again shaken: old battle wounds of temptation seem to never fully heal, and the darkness that could describe many of our pasts can, indeed, revisit us with it's inky despair.

I'm afraid many point fingers at this man who, by all accounts, misjudged his strength and abused a substance he's abused in the past--causing him to loose power over faculties of right-judgment and reason--should be very careful, indeed with such rash condemnation! Many of us choose to act wrongly--to go against our consciences in "cold blood", as it were, with full use of our reason--in order to gain pleasure or avoid pain. Mel Gibson, although making a poor choice in drinking to excess, did not do so. In fact, not only was his mistake spread all over the media--hungry to feed on the flesh of a man who sought to use his craft as a meditation on the Good, the True, the Beautiful, despite the cost to himself and his career--his struggle with sin exposed and condemned, but owning to his wrongdoing, has publicly asked forgiveness for his poor choices.

How very easy it seems, within our society, to point fingers and condemn those who strive for virtue and fail at their attempts--yes, who fall, but get up again and continue to strive--because we lack the courage to face the mirrored image of ourselves within image of brokenness; an image that smacks of despair. Those who admit to suffering with this brokenness begin to climb out of the mire...the rest of us wallow in it, hoping that our facades of "goodness" mask the excrement of sloth and cowardice--hypocrisy in its rawest form.

Mel, from one broken by her past--hoping for a future, built not of her own strength, but with the gratuitous Grace we share in He Who is Our Strength--you have my prayers and undying support!

And to the scoffers-- They also scoffed when, 2000 years ago, a Man condemned and hanging naked, crucified and broken, claimed even then to be the very Godhead that Created and Sustained all that was, is and is to come!
"The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men... God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong, God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption; therefore, as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord."

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

1 comment:

Voltaire said...

Mel, is Percy enigmatic, like your yourself, a man on life's trampoline, seen then unseen... Moral?, one of the most and a family man extraordinaire, as THEY would say. His film in question..the Passion... reached ludicrous absurdit. Having been whipped I can assure you two strokes from a stockwhip, let alone a lead studded flail would leave a person incapable and feverish for a week. As for carrying a slab of hardwood.., I struggle to carry 3 metres of 200x200 square inches of hardwood dense timber on my shoulder for more than 20 metres when FIT!....The ADL however which is dedicated to controlling national and international thoughts for its own politically rancid purpose and has a massive network, through sprang into action to find meanings and purposes in the film which did not exist and constructions of mel which suied them. I diligently sought these "anti-semitisms" to no avail. Mel came from a very moral, large family who lived at Emu Plains, he now has a large family himself and lives in the antipodes of heaven.

It strikes me old chap, that the philiosophy you mention bears examination. I will not venture far, will say however that Paul has a lot to answer-for in terms of creating human misery, also that it is curious that "the lord" for whom not a skerrick of evidence exists other than in imagination transferred into text,very conveniently and deviously takes precedence over the local Essene philosopher, referred to as "Jesus". Jesus rarely gets a mention when morality is at stake..."God" does...because evil is done nationally and at every level, with "him" in one form of address or another as an excuse.. If chappies said "Jesus wants us to invade Iraq" for example...they would be laughed out of town as frauds...but "God" is a great convenience to set heads nodding...if chappies said "Jesus wants adulterers stoned" no one would believe him...but plenty believe he said "adultresses should be stoned"...yet he said the opposite! I don't know why people pay Paul any credence...he was simply a high flyer who became what he believed. Jesus did not ask anyone to boast of the the less than 2 years of transcripted knowledge from when he was 19 to when he was 40...we forget there are 38 dark years. We know now he was 7 years older than "the Church"'s statements.

At the Temple he was extremely rude to his mother (macho story, but ridiculous,)..Were he 12 he'd have received a smack across the mouth and well deserved it and been removed by virtue of his earlug. At 19 it would be par for the course in an arrogant adolescent male. Like anyone Jesus could refer to "God" using only his imagination and his training...the greatest evidence for the non existence of God is all around us. "he" is made in our image and likeness, but the Jews did not believe in a single God until afer Akenhaten...(who believed in Ra , not in the aberration, "God" as we presume "him"). The Jews believed in a Trinity...yes..but mother father and son ...daughter's didn't rate a mention....called "Yaweh" in our spelling. I therefor find, old chap, that the cleverly arranged philosophy quotes is based on human perception alone. CREATION there is a mystery that cannot be explained by a belief in God...or God as the belief. Jesus was a very clever philosopher and debater, but "God"? regard him as built as we are if one thinks out of the square, defeats the entire artifice of what has been ascribed to "him". One must look more deeply...cheers, Voltaire