I will elaborate more on this at a later date, but I found this enormously depressing. You might have seem the press surrounding a big interview Brad Pitt gave to GQ, wherein he discusses his divorce, career and more. I skimmed parts of it, and while it was interesting, it didn’t seem quite as groundbreaking as the hype suggested. Shocking.
Read it if you like, but I want to draw your attention to one particular sentiment Pitt expressed:
Until you live it. That’s why I never understood growing up with Christianity—don’t do this, don’t do that—it’s all about don’ts, and I was like how the f*** do you know who you are and what works for you if you don’t find out where the edge is, where’s your line? You’ve got to step over it to know where it is.
How tragic it is that this man grew up around the church, but his first instinct isn’t to think of our gracious redeemer, but instead rules. Restrictions. This breaks my heart.
Ultimately, it comes down to him and God. The church doesn’t save. (Let me be clear — faith alone in Christ Jesus saves.) But, we do have a responsibility to show the pure, unfettered Gospel. It saddens me that perhaps, in this case, that did not happen.
I will write more about this in the coming days, but I did want to express that here and now. The Gospel is so precious, so beautiful. Oh, Lord. Don’t let us block out your Light.