Friday, April 29, 2005

from hanoi jane to saint jane

i'm hopelessly addicted to the bravo network show "inside the actor's studio." it's a great way to get beyond the superficial coverage one might find on "entertainment tonight" and get deep into what makes actors tick.

today i was watching the most recent installment with jane fonda. i realize the mere mention of her name causes the blood of some to boil. some hurts run very deep and i can certainly sympathize with that.

but, toward the end of her interview, she was asked about a "philosophical shift," as host james lipton put it, in her thinking.

she responded by saying that it wasn't so much philosophical as it was spiritual. she talked about spending a good deal of her life filling her emptiness with addictions but that, even after getting sober, she was then just a "dry drunk," filling up her emptiness with emotional addictions.

she went on to say that she had begun to interact with christians who were hip and funny and truly lived out their faith. then she boldly proclaimed that she had begun a journey that she never thought possible. she said, "i became a christian."

she went on to talk about how it has helped her understand so much about who she had been and why she had done what she had done. amazing!

it never ceases to blow me away when someone comes to a realization of who they are and their need for Christ. that is always a miracle.

i remember reading recently the words of someone writing about ms. fonda's new book tour and that we should never forget what she did during the vietnam war and certainly should never forgive her.

that's one perspective i suppose. but, let me give you another:

"He doesn't treat us as our sins deserve,
nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
As high as heaven is over the earth,
so strong is his love to those who fear him.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset,
he has separated us from our sins."
Psalm 103.10-12 (The Message)

the way i figure it, if God doesn't hold her past against her, then who are any of us to do so?