Does Charlie Sheen Need Jesus?
I’ve seen statements like this for many days now, after the ‘event’ that is Charlie Sheen has unfolded.
The short answer? Yes, of course. But there is a longer answer, which starts with a “yes, but…” And that is: Yes, but he has physical needs that must be attended to first.
Doctors will say they won’t diagnose a condition without examining him. But the 1000 pound elephant of winning is that he’s experiencing some sort of manic condition. To anyone who’s had the unfortunate experience of dealing with someone in this state, it’s obvious. Eerily obvious.
When this condition becomes serious, the person can’t perceive reality correctly. Their ability to function is impaired sometimes to the point of making life threatening decisions. In this sense, a person in Sheen’s (apparent) condition is in the same situation as someone who is starving or drowning. The immediate need must be met before you can really even begin to talk about spiritual matters.
In fact, while I am a complete believer in the life changing power of Holy Scripture, I would hazard to say that it is probably not advisable to quote it to someone with Adonis blood….even if you manage to get a word in edgewise with someone in such a state. So what to do?
James 2:15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?
I’m not saying Sheen isn’t responsible for his actions. There is enough there to know what’s right and wrong. I’m also not saying that God can’t miraculously heal Sheen. But God could easily feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and take care of every orphan in the world. There’s a bigger picture and a reason people have to be involved.
If we can’t minister to his needs directly, what we should be doing is praying for Charlie Sheen’s healing first, and salvation second. Yes, to my non-Christian friends this sounds nutty to include salvation, and even to my Christian friends it seems a bit hokey to pray for a tabloid celebrity with millions of dollars and (in his words) “the gifts of the universe.” But I’ll tell you why it’s important.
One of the biggest problems with mental illness is the stigma and our collective cluelessness in how to deal with it. When you say “my friend has cancer”, people know what to do. But when it’s mental illness, people are pretty much on their own to draw conclusions. Those conclusions almost never help, and you really just don’t know how damaging and bizarro they can be until you’ve tried to get some assistance in such a situation.
When you see Charlie Sheen, realize this is happening all around us. The stigma keeps it quiet, but the needs are huge.
Imagine it’s not Charlie acting crazy on TV. Imagine it’s your loved one talking about having Tiger Blood or being indestructible. Imagine it’s your mom or dad, child, spouse, or best friend who is completely lost in a distorted world of perception that is slowly destroying any semblance of hope. Don’t abstract this. The “crazy” person is someone you love. Mentally picture yourself in that situation 24/7. You can’t turn off the TV because the TV is your life, and it’s not pundits in pancake talking about the “trainwreck”. Instead, un-televised authorities say there’s nothing they can do, judges yuck it up with the attorneys, doctors go home at 5, and everyone else looks through the window with an opinion.
Meanwhile, a loved one slowly drowns just off shore and takes lives with them. Charlie Sheen is happening right now in our churches and neighborhoods.
Yes, Charlie Sheen needs Jesus. But he needs to be physically rescued first, just as Jesus commanded. There are also millions of healthy people dealing with the fallout every day. And they could use a hand too.