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Angus T. Jones chooses God over 'Two and a Half Men'
By DAN CALABRESE - Epiphany . . . and the predictable accusations of "hypocrisy".
It's the news of the day, and while I don't normally think news about celebrities is worth the time of day (because it's not), I love the conversation that Angus T. Jones has touched off with his testimony. Two video clips for you, each one just short of 15 minutes. If you can possibly take the time, it's worth it:
The headline you keep seeing is about Jones's description of "Two and a Half Men" as "filth," and of course it's no surprise that the media would zero in on that. But his broader message deserves attention.
I am not Seventh Day Adventist, but I'm really not too concerned about the denominational label here. The point is that Jones has spent just about his entire life enjoying the fame and the trappings of Hollywood, but there was something in his spirit that told him God had something better for him.
Jones doesn't come right out and announce that he's going to quit the show, although he certainly implies that he has little other choice. To be honest, though, I don't think that's the most important thing here. I'm sure it will open Jones up to charges of hypocrisy if he stays on the show, and I would agree it be a positive step in his faith life if he quits and trusts God to usher in the next chapter in his life. But people who make the decision to reject the indulgences of the world and live for God are always a work in progress. Jones may well have further stumbles, and those who hate his new message will gleefully spread the word that he says one thing and does another.
But the truth is that we all stumble even as we strive to live according to God's plan for our life. I know I do. But no matter what he does, even if he walks away today and never shoots another episode, he's still going to get called a hypocrite just for the money he's already made. In fact, it's already starting:
I’ve also studied the Bible ad nauseam for five years to the point where I can find any given passage while blindfolded. And if there’s one thing I know about Jesus, it’s that he really did not care for hypocrites. As in, people who say one thing and do another. As in, say that a TV show is satanist filth and then continue to work on and receive compensation from it. Yes, at one point, Angus says he doesn’t want to be on the show anymore, but guess what? If he really didn’t want to be on it, he wouldn’t be on it. So basically, Angus T. Jones is a hypocrite who claims to speak for God but is willing to benefit a show he thinks is evil. Yay cognitive dissonance!
What a load of crap this argument is. Jones was nine years old when he went on the show. He can hardly be held responsible today, shortly after making the decision to turn his life over to God, for choices he made when he was in third grade. And while he has certainly made a lot of money from the show, there's no telling what he might do with it now to serve his new priorities.
Angus Jones is apparently walking away from what could have been a lucrative Hollywood career and trusting God to open new doors for him. That's an act of faith any way you look at it. Good for him.