Over the past week or so the media’s eyes along with many of ours has turned to Charlie Sheen. In an interview that Sheen did with NBC explaining his troubles with the creator of Two and a Half Men, the hit show on CBS that Sheen stars in, many left there saddened and even appalled by Sheen’s ego and sense of entitlement. Sheen came across as a man who has a lot of problems, mentally as well as with drugs. He told the interviewer that he expected to get more money for doing the show, and that his mind powers is how he overcame drug addiction and that support groups like AA are just scams.
It is easy to feel sorry for Charlie Sheen, or to look at him and his obvious state of weakness and instability and think “that’s what he gets”. However, if we really search our hearts we will see we are not much different than Charlie Sheen. We may have never used cocaine or been on a hit TV show, but we are proud, we have an ego that wants to be at the center of the universe. We believe that our own will power can overcome anything in our lives, that we do not need any help, and all we need to do is try harder. Charlie Sheen is not worse than any of us, it’s just what is in his heart, his pride, his ego, his self worship is coming out, it’s all in us, for the most part we just keep it hidden.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the opposite of this. Instead of believing we can overcome, we must be broken and see that Jesus overcame sin and death for us. Instead of placing our self on a pedestal for worship we must put to death our ego and pride and place Jesus at the center for all to see and worship. When Christ has saved us we look at someone like Charlie Sheen and do not feel pride, disgust or even pity, but we are humbled cause we know how much of that is in us and how God still loves, cares and pursues our hearts because of Jesus. In fact we look at Charlie Sheen and if we are true to ourselves, we see a far worse person in the mirror because we know how prone to pride, anger, lust, envy, and self worship we are, even when we already have tasted how good the Lord is.
Is there hope for Charlie Sheen? Absolutely! How do I know this? Because there was hope, love and redemption for me, at the foot of the cross.
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:15–17 ESV)