This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.”
Commander in Chief Jesus
John 15: 12-14
We can’t seem to get enough news about famous people who make the news for their spectacular falls from grace.
Maybe it makes us feel morally superior to see somebody we’ll never really know–like a Lindsey Lohan or so many fallen politicians, athletes and others–be piled on and dehumanized constantly by comedians and a vicious press.
The constant flood of news about famous but troubled people desensitizes and dehumanizes us all a little more every day. Maybe it’s in our broken human nature, which is always in need of God’s healing grace, to gawk when we pass by wrecks on the road. And part of us loves to see somebody knocked off their pedestal and get the pounding they deserve for their crimes and sins and misdemeanors.
However messed up we are, we ain’t as messed up, most of us, as they are. “I’m not as screwed up as that actor, or that idiot politician caught with his pants down, or that once heroic athlete (who we once put on a pedestal) who killed somebody. God knows I never done nothing as bad as all that!”
So the subconscious thinking goes, I think. And yes, I think I’m as guilty as anybody of puffing up when I see somebody fall–especially if it’s somebody I actually know and don’t like–not just some celebrity on the news I’ll never see.
On a more positive Memorial Day note . . . let’s celebrate the charitable Gary Sinise, a seemingly high-minded and seemingly good man–and certainly one we can all agree is a genuinely patriotic American–who certainly makes news for good reasons.
Too bad his kind don’t make more news, but at least Sinise gets a good bit of press at that, for what sure appears to be his authenticity and his affinity for veterans and military heroes broken up in wars.
Maybe it’s enough in celebrating this talented actor and famed celebrity to say God bless him for his heroic and tireless service to our men and women who serve us. Because God knows he could certainly find far easier, charitable ways to do good with his celebrity if he were a lesser man.
For sure, lots of celebs perform or raise funds for vets, but few celebs who perform or raise money for troops and vets with performances and occasional fund raisers are as committed year-round to it.
So click here for ways to join Gary Sinise in his calling to do good for our real American heroes.
And happy Memorial Day!