Have you heard the audio tapes?
It’s likely that I don’t even have to mention the name of the particular movie star who I’m talking about. Every media outlet has been all over those tapes like a tabloid on a photo of Britney or Lindsey’s lady bits. And of course, our voyeuristic tendencies take over, and we eat up every second of scandal.
So now Christians are taking up the task of asking themselves the question, “What to do with Mel Gibson now that he is bonified insane?” Just a few years ago, he was the champion of our cause with the horrifyingly accurate violence of The Passion of the Christ. But now that it’s clear he has a real life violent temper, it’s kind of hard to embrace him as a brother in Christ.
However, as we all know, Mel is hardly the first to stain the name of Jesus by being a sinner. From priests to televangelists to Henry VIII, Christians just can’t seem to clean up their act for long. Yet, every time it happens, we always act surprised. There’s so many scandals that have long since been forgotten. Maybe before we decide how to react, we can put Mel’s situation in perspective with a little history of bad behavior among famous Christians.