Actor Stephen Baldwin, a born-again Christian, who spends most of his time now preaching and trying to get Christian movies produced, is apparently, bankrupt.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. I mean, I know I feel badly for Stephen and I don't want to see anyone bankrupt, especially my fellow brother. I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and say his friends put this up for him. I'm not going to lie and say that I think it's a good idea. For one, it doesn't look great for the faith from my point of view.
For another, how does he know that God isn't saying it's time to move on? Maybe this isn't the ministry for him. It's not for me to judge, but I'm reading Jill Zarin's new book, "Secrets of a Jewish Mother" -- one, because she's my favorite housewife on "The Real Housewives of New York City" and two, because her mother had such an impact on me when she was on the show last year. I loved the way Jill's family interacted. I loved that her husband, and Jill's husband, went out and found a car that Gloria would be comfortable driving in when she was uncomfortable.
The way their family interacts is so loving to me -- and I most wanted to understand how the siblings (Jill and her sister) got along so well and were each other's biggest cheerleaders. I saw that in my mom and her sister too. So I guess I was a little torn by why Stephen has to go to strangers for help. Alec, his brother, can't be bankrupt and though they have very different belief systems, I can't believe that a brother wouldn't help a brother. What happened in that family? It can't just be the Christianity.
My dad and I couldn't fight any louder about religion, politics and the quality of various movies, but my dad bought my house so we could move back to the Bay Area. My dad would give up anything for me and he wouldn't let me beg if he had one cent to call his own. So I'd rather see Stephen and his brother get their relationship restored than get his pocketbook restored.
Tangent: Did you see "30 Rock" this week? My favorite episode since Valentine's Day with John Hamm. Classic.
Anyway, in the book's introduction, the women say this: "We need to give a lot of credit to the men in our lives as well. Strong, secure men. Men who would never consider taking hair off in unwanted places, or asking women to do it either. Men would could lift mattresses without working out in a gym. Remember those? Men who considered it a sacred duty to provide for their families; who made sure their mothers and sisters were provided for before they would take on the obligations of a wife and children. Men who believed in sacrifice, who lived what they believed in, and who, frankly, didn't talk about it much."
May I just add a hearty, Christian AMEN to that. So reading those two things together today, I'll let you figure out what I think of the website. God gives us grace when we don't deserve it, absolutely. But He didn't promise we could do whatever we wanted and call it ministry. Oy. How many authors have I heard from who feel their book is God-breathed. Listen, when God says it's over, we have to listen. As I haven't had a book out in three years, and the shelf was void of my name anywhere today, I get it. Changing course stinks -- but I don't imagine wandering around in the desert for 40 years was much fun either.