I picked up a copy of Nuvo today, a local independent paper here in Indy. In the Public Interest section there was a brief article titled “Less Beatings, More Beatitudes.” Go ahead and read it, then come back and read my letter to the editor that I just wrote.
Pipelines to Jesus?
In “Less Beatings, More Beatitudes” (March 3) Fran Quigley criticizes Mel Gibson's supposed “pipeline to Jesus”. Interestingly enough, Mr. Quigley has to presume his own sort of “pipeline to Jesus” to make the statements that he did. The message was that if Jesus were around today, he wouldn't be involved in such undertakings, but rather would have helped the poor, mentally ill, and diseased people of the world.
These, of course, are accurate things to suggest, however the “pipeline” comes in when it is implied that followers of Jesus, since they went out in droves to see this film, are not doing these things. It is easy to suggest that the money grossed by this film could have been put towards “better things”, but the truth of the matter is we don't know how people spend their time or money. Maybe they shelled out their $9 to see this film, but what if they're actively involved at the local homeless shelter, sponsoring children overseas, or otherwise donating money to causes impacting the needy of the world? Why is it only this movie that gets such criticism and not every other movie too? While we're at it, shouldn't we criticize all other expenditures, such as how much they spend on fast food?
It's particularly easy to point at Mel Gibson, since he's one with a lot of money, and criticize his spending of it, or the fact that his film is widely successful and will make him more money. I would posit that Jesus would not want us to be so concerned with (or critical of) what is in each others pocketbooks and rather do what we can within our own means.
The message of the film seems to be mostly lost on Mr. Quigley. It isn?t about people “being sneaky” and killing someone. It is about the ultimate display of loving our neighbors ? laying down one?s own life.