Live from Hollywood — Forgiveness!

6 04 2013

I have been following Tullian Tchividjian for about 3 years now.  He is a powerful pastor and author.  His book, “Unfashionable” should be read by all.  He has a powerful way of preaching that appeals to many including myself.  Tullian has an active blog that I follow to gain insight.  On March 22nd, he had an entry called the “Fruits of Grace“.  I started to read the article when it diverged into a recent event in Hollywood.  Now I am very grateful for what the movie industry has done in bringing fiction and non-fiction alive.  I am consistently amazed at the imagination of men and women who work in the motion picture business.  They have a great eye for detail and in keeping the audience on the edge of their seats.

Recently (and maybe always) the people of Hollywood have been a little less active in their profession and more active in the downward spiral of America.  They tend to have a large influence on the minds of Americans in this media focused world.  (Remember that this is my opinion)  But I love it when I see truth being projected from those whom face is in the lights.  Too many people expect the actor/actress to be same off camera and on.  I expect them to be real and to show their real side.  And that their “fruit” in life tells us how much or who they can coach.

Well, in the recent blog by Tullian, we see an amazing act of forgiveness and also, an expectation of forgiveness from others.  Robert Downey, Jr.  was given the “American Cinematheque Award, a prize given to an extraordinary artist in the entertainment industry who is fully engaged in his or her work and is committed to making a significant contribution to the art of the motion pictures”.  A mouth full to say the least.  Most of us know Mr. Downey,Jr from the 80-90’s and recently with the Sherlock Holmes series and the Iron Man series.  He is probably considered one the top names in Hollywood right now.  With receiving this award, Robert can ask anyone he chooses to present it on stage, and he choose Mel Gibson.  Most of us have heard bits and pieces of Mel’s quick drop from the top.

With all this being said, here is Downey’s acceptance speech:

I asked Mel to present this award to me for a reason. Because when I couldn’t get sober, he told me not to give up hope, and he urged me to find my faith—didn’t have to be his or someone else’s—as long as it was rooted in forgiveness. And I couldn’t get hired so he cast me in the lead in a movie that was actually developed for him. He kept a roof over my head, and he kept food on the table. And most importantly, he said that if I accepted responsibility for my wrongdoings and embraced that part of my soul that was ugly—”hugging the cactus” he calls it—he said that if I “hugged the cactus” long enough, I would become a man of some humility and my life would take on new meaning. And I did and it worked. All he asked in return was that some day I help the next guy in some small way. It’s reasonable to assume that at the time he didn’t imagine the next guy would be him. Or that some day was tonight.

Anyway, on this special occasion… I humbly ask that you join me—unless you are completely without sin (in which you picked the wrong… industry)—in forgiving my friend his trespasses, offering him the same clean slate you have me, and allowing him to continue his great and ongoing contribution to our collective art without shame. He’s hugged the cactus long enough. [And then they hug].

Wow!  What an act in the bright lights.  At complete risk of his own career, Downey gives and asks forgiveness.  Someone at the bottom and someone at the top can work!  What if we used this as an example of grace in our life?  What if we were to give more hands up and less hands out?  What if we were to truly give from ourselves and expect nothing in return? Our neighborhoods can be like this once again.  It just takes you.  The whole “Pay it forward” theory.  My friends and mentors in the Life company believe in the motto of “making a difference”.  Check it out for yourself and you will see it LIVE.

God bless,  Aron

Steel the mind and Tender the heart!

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17 responses

6 04 2013
Claire

Another great blog Aron! Words can not express what your mentorship and grace has shown my family! BBNQ!!!!

6 04 2013
John A Burns

Wow! What a story of grace! I watched the video on Youtube and it blew me away. Thanks for sharing Aron and being an example of a man of grace to a guy like me.

6 04 2013
Blake Harris

Great post! If we live by the golden rule and face or downfalls things will continue to get better.

6 04 2013
ed fancon

Wow what an awesome story of how to show humility and grace. Thanks for sharing!

12 08 2014
Lakesha

That’s a smart answer to a tricky quiseton

7 04 2013
John Richardson

Wow! A great lesson in forgiveness! I have always supported Mel. And despised Robert because of his lifestyle. Learning and understanding forgiveness is a powerful tool in our ability to move forward in life. Robert has been redeemed. Is there still hope for Bill Mayher? Kidding! Bill you are forgiven as well.

7 04 2013
nicholasnighbor

Thanks for sharing this post Aron. What a great example of forgiveness!!

7 04 2013
John yoder

Wow so true! I pray that we can weave that grace culture into all areas of our life.

8 04 2013
Patty O'Neal

Aron,
Thanks for sharing. Wow!
Patty O’Neal

8 04 2013
Titi

Aaron,
Thanks for sharing this powerful piece! Forgiveness has such a power to transform ones life if we are willing to do it! Our world would certainly be a better place if we practice this simple truth.
Titi

8 04 2013
Renee Hammons

This is a fantastic story! Thanks for sharing, funny you never hear this good stuff on the news. Robert Downey Jr has set a supreme example to follow as have you Mr. Radosa!

8 04 2013
J.J. Goidosik

Awesome post Aron thanks for sharing

10 04 2013
Sharon Nelson-Curtice

Beautiful post, Aron!! Hadn’t heard of this so thanks for sharing; an awesome example of forgiveness and grace in action!

11 04 2013
Jason J. Frega (@JasonFrega)

Fantastic! Thank you very much for sharing. Not being one to follow Hollywood myself I would not have ever seen this speech otherwise. How amazing!

11 04 2013
robbvii

Good stuff!

25 04 2013
Eva H.

Aron, A great lesson on forgiveness & grace in the bright lights of Hollywood!
Impressive thoughts.

4 07 2013
Kim Morisett

Awesome!

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