Sunday, May 9, 2010

To God the Glory, to Steven Baldwin … the Money!

donate“In the land of Uz there was a blameless and upright man named  Job, who feared God and avoided evil.” ~ Job 1:1
A new bankruptcy recovery plan has emerged and its creators (Restore Stephen Baldwin) have chosen Stephen Baldwin as its first victim client.  Drawing from the Old Testament Book of Job, the group equates the suffering of poor Job with that of poor Stephen Baldwin. 

Both once incredibly wealthy, and attacked by Satan.  This attack resulted in both being subject to ridicule and slander, and both losing their once great wealth.  Now I don’t see any signs of leprosy or boils on Stephen, but no doubt it’s only a matter of time. 

We’re lead to believe that the resemblance between the two is sooo incredible, that it must follow that God’s will for Job must be that for Stephen – complete financial restoration.  And since Job’s financial restoration came through the people who knew him, it’s time to give God the glory by giving Stephen the money.

Wow.  In a way I feel bad for Stephen Baldwin.  Financial struggles are just as real and tough for celebrities as they are for any of us common folk.  And from everything I’ve read, it seems this was not his idea and that the only involvement he had in it was to give his consent.  But Stephen, baby, did you even ask to see the video or website before it was released?  What did you expect the reaction to be? 

In 2 Thessalonians, the apostle Paul speaks of how he handled his money challenges while working to spread to truth of Christ to the pagans of his time:

“For you know how one must imitate us. For we did not act in a disorderly way among you, nor did we eat food received free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you. Not that we do not have the right. Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us. In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat. “ ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:7-10

We are all called to charity, and so I do hope that people who desire to send money “join the movement” and do.  But I think that Stephen’s friends should advise him not to look to the person of Job, but to spend his time looking for a job.  And I hope that unlike Job, Stephen will listen to those friends.

1 comment:

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

Hmmmm. Reminds me of some guy that "...gave up everything and risked my family's financial security to go and preach the Gospel (to the choir, by the way) so give me money becuase I'm so brave and if you give ME money, you can alleviate your own guilt about what you HAVEN'T done to go and preach the Gospel like me... etc." that I ran across about 6 years ago. Same old song and dance. I think some people need to clean their ears out a little when they think they're hearing "the voice of God" maybe it's just tinnitus or a waxy buildup.