A handsome heartthrob to many women.
A man’s man to many men.
An angry anti-Semite to many critics.
I love Mel Gibson, I think he’s a great actor and has done many classic movies that are must watches (not including What Women Want…that just sucked). He’s mostly known for portraying William Wallace and screaming “FREEDOM!”, and for creating The Passion of the Christ. The Passion is one of the most influential movies about Jesus and His sacrifice I have ever seen. I left the theater in tears after watching it on opening night. Seeing Christ’s death as it was portrayed in that movie was eye opening for me.
But Gibson is human. He got drunk and said some very hateful things; not to mention the angry voicemail messages.
Haven’t you ever done something stupid before?
Haven’t you ever said hurtful and nasty things?
We look at Mel Gibson, and because of his famous status we scoff and condemn him. Yes, what he did and said was not good, I don’t deny that, but if Gibson was a normal guy working a 9 to 5 job would we still care about it?
I don’t know what’s in Mel Gibson’s heart. I don’t know how sorry he truly is for the things he’s said and did. All I know is that he’s been trying to redeem himself ever since.
We’ve all said and done stupid things that have hurt others, and in turn, hurt our reputations. We all try to redeem ourselves in the eyes of the people we’ve harmed and win back our heart’s freedom.
I believe that we all need second chances from those we have hurt in the past; hurt by our words and by our actions. And if we deserve a second chance…
…Doesn’t the man who held the nail to Christ’s hand also deserve a second chance?
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I’m have partnered myself with People of the Second Chance and their Never Beyond Poster Series. They will feature 25 posters representing well known historical, current, and fictional characters who are believed to have harmed society. The campaign draws out themes of forgiveness, grace, and what a pathway to a second chance looks like.
To see my last post for the Never Beyond Series, click here: The KKK.