Lindsay Lohan’s career is in shambles. Not too long ago, her mother was in the news stating that she had tried to put her daughter in drug rehabilitation.
More recently, she has hit the limelight once again - courtesy of her sexy pose on the front cover of the French magazine Purple. The crucifixion pose, topped off with a crown of thorns, created the negative media buzz and hype, which she coveted. The malice aforethought was the usual mix of sex and religion that Hollywood celebrities seemed to have institutionalized as a sure-fire way of reviving a dying career or even springboard an upcoming one. As usual, Christians were baited to react and issue predictable howls of protest. Well, Lindsay and her promoters succeeded. Various Christian groups reacted as intended.
This young actress’ career seems to thrive on controversy. Try this sampling:
· Lindsay Lohan Fired from Ungaro?!?
· Lindsay Lohan Banned from Fashion Week
· Lindsay Lohan Celebrates Break-up with Samantha Ronson by Hooking-Up with Gerard Butler
· Lindsay Lohan Arrest Warrant, Catfight - UPDATED
· Lindsay Lohan: Rehab is Like a Vacation
· Lindsay Lohan Red Bull Grenade - Photos
· Lindsay Lohan is Lie Telling
· Lindsay Lohan Throws Cigarettes at London Waitresses
· Lady GaGa & Lindsay Lohan To Collaborate?
· Joaquin Phoenix and Lindsay Lohan Bar Hook Up
Based on the above, we can easily see that this person, like many celebrities in the entertainment world, is a very, very troubled personality. For a Christian like this writer, would it be considered asinine to flog Lindsay at this site with the standard Christian response, after she has been flogged around in various places?
Sad to say, we may consider Lindsay not opportunistic enough to have even thought on her own of how a controversy centered on Christ would somehow revive her dying career. I do not sense a deliberate evil streak in her. According to the Bible (Romans 3:10-12), she is just like everyone is - fallen in our nature and needing the succor of a loving God. We may also see a lost child manipulated by managers who are under the spell of the mighty dollar.
I can only wish that when Lindsay 's true senses have returned, she would be filled with remorse. Quite frankly, it was the Son of God that she disrespected and blasphemed. I do know God would not come down and breathe fire upon her. Even though that does not mean that God was not offended.
It is also obvious that she disrespected Christians, many of whom have watched her films and given her loyal fan support through her many troubled years in Hollywood. Without them, she won’t enjoy the measure of success that she had been accorded from early on as a child actress. Some of them may continue to do so despite her ill-advised, irreverent actions. Lindsay should have shown some sensitivity to many people who have followed her. Some of them, mostly the very young, unmindful of her shenanigans, truly adore her. Many of them are Christians.
Would it be very surprising if many of them would still continue to be her fans?
Madonna is another case in point. In one of her concert tours, she posed as a crucified Christ figure on a larger than life, lighted cross during the performance of "Live to Tell," a song written in the 1980's. Of course, Madonna is not the only artist to have used crucifixion imagery to attract attention and advance a career. John Lennon wrote a line that foretold how his life would end – these prophetic words "the way things are going, they're going to crucify me" from "The Ballad of John and Yoko."
Not too far removed from Lindsay surreal foray into sex and religion, rap artists Nas and Sean "Puffy" Combs tried crucifixion imagery in the "Hate Me Now" video. Also Kanye West was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone wearing a crown of thorns. We can find literally many dozens of celebrities using Jesus Christ and his crucifixion story as a convenient platform for self-advancement.
How much popularity and revenue windfall have they achieved as a result? We don’t know. But based on the wantonly repetitive and open insults thrown at convenient targets - Christians and the most hallowed object of their faith, it is easy to conclude that these self-serving celebrities have found an eternal spring of glorious fame by which to resurrect their curtailed careers, which they often crucify by bad and hell-bent living. Great examples and model figures for the youths, right?
When Salman Rushdie wrote the novel Satanic Verses, a rage of reaction swept through out the Islamic world. The Ayatollah Khomeini signed a death warrant that forced Salman into hiding. To this day, he is still ‘hiding.’ That’s truly scary. We may not all agree with his method, but the Ayatollah made his point clear. Do not desecrate his religion.
Hollywood and celebrities are not afraid of Christians. Why not, after all, Christian preach love. Love your enemies. Turn your other cheek. Well, some of them even claim they are Christians despite the booze, the drugs, and multiple sex partners they proudly parade before us - the beguiled public that dotes on them. Are we suckers or codependents?
What should Christians do with Lindsay? For one, they could pray that the divine light will come upon her and reveal to her that the very person she has desecrated was the Son of God who loved her by dying on the cross for her. It is the most loving thing we can do for someone who is in the midst of self-destruction.