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Gibson's Fall from Grace

Why it pays to beware of what trips us up.

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
August 4, 2006

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Gibson's Fall from Grace
Jesus isn't Mel's sole passion.
Seems he has another thirst.
His rye humor isn't funny.
Guess the bottle's Gibson's curse.

Having tripped, the star's now tarnished.
Critics of his faith take aim.
Mel is now an easy target.
Such a fall has left him lame.

But before you start to judge him,
look inside your "righteous" gown.
Chances are you have your issues
that caused Christ his thorny crown.

Bathed in blood, we are forgiven.
Still we're flawed and prone to sin.
Every day we need God's power
to resist the beast within.

So before you act so smugly,
pray for Mel. Admit your need.
There but by God's grace we stumble
tripped by ego, lust and greed.

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Brooks from Mebane, NC writes:
August 4, 2006
What a great statement. How quick we are to criticize others and not recognize our own blemishes. Thanks for this verse, Greg.

Michele from Channahon, IL writes:
August 11, 2006
A very good reminder. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Thank you.

Alicia Miehe writes:
August 28, 2006
God bless you for offering Mel Gibson some grace. Of course this was terrible behavior, but we will be judged as harshly as we judge. I have heard some of his testimony about the mental and spiritual torment he suffered as was making THE PASSION and he is still in desperate need of our prayers.

The enemy of our souls surely did not want that movie to be made so, rendering the author/director/producer as 'fallen' could cast a pall over the authenticity of his most important work. The people in his own industry have been quick to insult and humiliate him.

I hope the Christian community will extend a hand up and not kick Mel while he is down. We MUST live up to the Christ of THE PASSION and not only forgive, but help to restore. Pray for him to have the healing he needs.

Thanks for your always thoughtful writing.

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