This is Tom Cruise 25 years ago when he was coerced into joining scientology. He
should at least continue acting rather than abandon his natural talent as Cruise
did. Fads come and go but we should never encourage our youth to stop living
their dreams because articulate men convince them to joing a movement.
The first step in repentance is restitution. Has the young man given back his
ill-gotten gains? If not, his hypocrisy continues.
Ranch: Seriously? Can a man just have his journey with God be his own instead of
having to satisfy the expectations of someone else? Who are you to determine the
ground rules for someone else's life decisions?
@joe5;He said he had been a hypocrite for working against his
beliefs to make money; it only seems reasonable to give it back if he feels he
was a hypocrite to make it as he did. Keeping it just perpetuates the
@ joe5: If he wants his journey with God to be his own, he needs to keep it
private - you can't put something out in the world and not expect it to be
questioned and commented on.
RanchHand/Tolstoy: Why do you care? What skin is off your nose? Some of us
aren't perfect and we just need a little latitude to do the best we can.I just don't understand what drives a person to belittle another
person's choices. I'm certain it doesn't even matter to the
subject of the article. He probably won't even read the comments on here.
So what it really does is reflect on the person who criticizes. So why would
someone expose their critical natures like that?
@Ranch, Who made you the ultimate authority on the steps of repentance? You
have no idea what steps he's taken and his steps are just as valid as any
claims you make for what the "steps" are.
One's journey with God is not a private matter; people will question and
comment and wonder and scorn, but if you're not personally compelled to
share a journey towards Him with others who will isten, you may want to double
check which road you're really on.As for following dreams,
sometimes a person's dream growing up turns out not to be quite a dream
after all. I always wanted to be a game designer when I was young-for my entire
life I wanted to make video games. When the time and opportunity came to follow
that dream, I began to realize that it wasn't quite what I thought it was,
and that it would take me places and put me with people that I didn't want
to be with. Not to put down games too much, but there isn't a good
environment for making them right now. This person may have decided the same
thing about acting on that show.
@Jamescmeyer@Joe5If seeking God is a private matter, why does
it seem like a constant beauty contest of showcasing one's righteousness?
Could we not simply forego the opportunity to try and shame others for not
holding the same values as our own as if there is some universal dictate from
God which religion is correct and thus which values should supercede others?
This publicity stunt is less of an expression of sincere belief in God, but
rather an opportunity to showcase the Seventh Day Adventist style of religion
and obscure the distinct lines drawn between Christian sects, all of which
claiming to follow the same Bible. Ask yourself, if the actor had
simply quit the show as a humanist expression against misogynistic portrayals in
the media, would the reception be the same? Would it even make the headlines in
@Ranch: No! He needs to KEEP the money that allows him the freedom to spread
the Word of God. The only way he can really make it up is to have the financial
freedom to do what he's doing.
slcdenizen: The problem is that we have too many people concerned about others
instead of themselves.I have no idea who this guy is but let's
just say that everything he did was wrong and that he is an ultimate hypocrite
and that he is not truly repentant and this is all just for publicity. So what?
Why are there people who feel their role is to catch someone in his errors?I can understand it if it is something that has a direct bearing on his
life or if it is destructive to our society or if it going to cause people to
run riot in the streets. But shouldn't there be some level where we pick
our battles and focus on things that are really important instead of the nits?
What kind of joy can a person have in life if all they ever see are the stains
and smudges of others?
This "half-man" is more man than any of the 'men' connected
with that show. for having the gumption to stand up and walk away.
Ranch,He IS giving back the money.1) Use the money to
get a degree2) Use degree to influence more people for goodThat isn't hypocrisy, it's fulfillment.If you earned
$10k doing something wrong, and want to change. Giving it back to someone
who'll only use it for wrong is worse. Taking it and using it for good,
spinning it's purpose to help others instead... that makes a lot more sense
for someone who's actually had a change of heart.If Hugh Hefner
joined the LDS Church, I wouldn't expect him to give his money back...
I'd hope that he'd pay tithing and use his money to help others, do
what's good, etc. We're all taught to serve those in need. If he did
that, how could I possibly judge him and not come under condemnation myself?
Furthermore, if I wasn't even paying tithing myself, I'm in even less
of a position to judge.Fulfilling the conditions of our repentance
doesn't include undoing the impossible. It requires a broken heart and
@ joe5Great point. I agree that we should abstain from being too
judgmental of others, applying empathy and encouragement when necessary.
However, rather than simply leaving the television show citing personal reasons,
he broadcast his grievances and attempted to apply a universal understanding of
morals and should be duly criticized. An individual's life journey is their
business, but expressed viewpoints regarding the conduct of others is public
domain and should not go unchallenged. I would not attempt to vilify a
particular ideology or movement without expecting a response, nor should anyone
for that matter.
to: joe5"Who are you to determine the ground rules for someone
else's life decisions?"What are you saying Ranch should
start a religion?
re: windsor 3/19Charlie Sheen walked away from the show too. Angus
Jones ran away screaming like a little girl.
You know what?For the first time (and perhaps only time?) I actually
agree with RanchHand.If you do something that is hypocritical and
are paid for it, it becomes in a sense, 'dirty' money. I'm glad
he left the show but how can he find true peace when the perks of the show
(money) are used later on?That's one heck of a tough
proposition but the Savior said we should "take up our cross" and follow