I don’t know if you have been keeping with the headlines about Charlie Sheen lately. Normally, I’m not much of a celebrity gossip guy, but I caught a clip of one of his recent interviews since coming out of rehab and it quickly received my attention. This guy has been repeatedly accused of physical violence, associated with drug use and alcoholism, parties like there’s no tomorrow, and his antics have finally caught up to him. His #1 comedy television show Two and a Half Men has been suspended after the powers behind the sitcom felt it a better option to let go of their star than watch the show go down in flames because of him.
Now, Charlie Sheen is a forty-five year old self-healed individual who claims he is clean because “I closed my eyes and made it so.” Despite damaging what little repute he had left at this point in his career, he refuses to admit any wrong in the situation and claims ignorance to the reasons behind his firing at every turn. I was left a little speechless as I listened to his self-righteous pride rationalizing away each and every poor decision he’s made in recent months. He claims that the reason these foul incidents are occurring in his life is because people are jealous of the life he has and since they can’t have it, they lash out at him.
When you’re unemployed and rich with an ego as large as his, I suppose you don’t have much else you need to be doing.
Watching all of this unfold has impressed upon me what I believe is a lesson in God’s Creative Order. And this occurs on two levels. First, Mr. Sheen has chosen to take what he believes is the high road by shirking responsibility, rationalizing immorality, sidestepping vulnerability and weakness, and ultimately casting the blame on others for his problems. For the most part, the reaction to his attitude has been negative. Secondly, the producers of Two and a Half Men are taking a huge and potentially devastating financial risk by outing the actor from the incredibly successful sitcom.
At the end of the day though, I think both of these points tell us that humility is attractive whether or not we realize we’re being attracted to it. We were created to strive to be successful, talented, skilled, and creative, but not simply for our glory. We were created to harness those abilities to glorify the One who gave them to us – God in Heaven.
I was reading through Proverbs earlier and happened upon chapter 18 verse 12. It says,
Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.
It’s a powerful message to bear in mind. Even secular Hollywood is willing to cash out on a very successful asset because he forfeits humility for haughtiness. We are honored in humility. This is an example that has been modeled throughout Scripture and was ultimately manifested in Christ’s death on the cross. Proverbs 18:12 is not simply a suggestion, it’s a promise of consequence. Haughtiness will lead to destruction. Without humility, there is no honor.
May we live like we believe that and may we learn from someone who chooses not to.
*Watch the video of his interview with NBC here.