"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
Mel Gibson….Oh well
There is little doubt that everyone has either heard the Mel Gibson rant or heard of the Mel Gibson rant. I won’t post a link to the rant because it is truly vulgar, and well…not worth posting on our blog. But there are some things that need to be posted about this latest episode from Mel.
Gibson is, perhaps, most notably associated with his work on the Passion of the Christ. While that movie was being filmed it became well known that Gibson was a Catholic. Recently (2002) Gibson contributed to the construction of a new church building. These actions have associated Gibson with Christ. If you peruse Google you will see the impact that Gibson’s actions have had or will have on the body of Christ Gibson provides a clear illustration as to the impact your actions have. In short…when we take the mantle of Christ we are a representation of Him to the world. Mel Gibson is a rather well know example, but we have all seen this play out in our own lives. Have you ever seen a person screaming and yelling because an order was wrong, and they had a Christian sticker on the bumper of their car? Been to a ball game where a Christian is using profanity towards other players at a ball game? Hanging out with friends and a Christian swears like a drunken’ sailor (no offense to the Navy….)? Known a Christian to brag about cheating on their taxes or gaining some other unfair financial advantage like accepting incorrect change, etc?
What does the Bible say about this?
Interesting question, right? The Bible is pretty clear about this, 2 Corinthians 5:20: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
What else can I add to this? This verse is explicit. We are all Christ’s ambassadors. Let that soak in for a second…
The definition of ambassador is: an authorized representative or messenger. Look at 2 Corinthians 5:20 again with that definition. We are therefore authorized representatives or messengers of Christ. Let this soak in some more…
We are the direct representation of Christ on earth. If it sounds like there is a weight associated with that, there is. Non-believers watch believers, and will build their opinion of God based on OUR actions. If you are hanging out with your family who are non-believers and you do the things that they do ( cursing, complaining, gossiping, back-biting, etc…) how are they to respond to God’s message? Can their opinion be anything other than: “so this is what God is about?” If you are invited to go out on the town with friends, are you being an ambassador to them by going out and acting as they would?
There are sooooo many implications here to our everyday lives. We shouldn’t act the way the world does. We need to set ourselves apart from the world (cf. Romans 12:1-2). Don’t put yourself in a situation where you can sin. Don’t sin willingly. Specifically, as in the case of Mel Gibson, remember that your tongue can get you into trouble.
I hope that Mel can find a renewed spirit in Christ. I hope that all of us can take away the practical lesson being shown here.