Pitt-Jolie and Jesus?

In a world where anyone can create a blog and write whatever they want and claim it as truth, why not get in on the fun right? It’s about time I guess … that, and all of my super tech-y friends keep harassing me to do it. And for the first time in my life, well, second if you include Facebook; I’ve given in! So here we go:

I recently heard on CNN that the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Foundation just donated $1 million dollars to clothe and feed the Iraqi children whose families have been killed in the war. The first thought that popped in my head was, why are celebrities doing what Christians should be doing?! I was actually offended.

If the Bible tells us to love our enemies, what does that tangibly look like in time of war? I can think of no better expression of that command then to follow in Pitt-Jolie’s footsteps. As much as I can’t stand celebrities and their unwarranted and annoying political opinions, I have to stand in awe that someone – especially with those type of financial resources – was willing to do such a thing. Thank you Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. (I never thought I’d say such a thing!)

Following Christ is about doing, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are flat out just out-’doing’ Believers. I’m willing to put my limited resources where my mouth is … I’m going to financially give to that cause as well. Let this challenge you, as Christians, to know what it truly means to live out your faith. No fluff, no talk, just action.

Countercultural. Faith. Love.

Go out and read my friend Shane Claiborne’s book Jesus for President. It will change your life and you’ll be yearning to live an authentic Pro-God, not Pro-Flag, life. We’re all God’s children and it’s time we actually start believing it.

Much love.
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About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • GinnyO

    Congrats on the new blog! I’m looking forward to reading it.

  • Jeff S.

    I just finished Claiborne's book "Irresistible Revolution" and he definitely makes you think about your use of time and resources. I do admire some of the charitable things that Pitt and Jolie do, in spite of their building a family without the benefit of marriage. But I agree, Christians should be in the forefront. They are out there, just not with all the celebrity fanfare usually.

  • Bible Nerd 9

    Official!!! Love the first post Andy informative, challenging, and well written. I actually didn't hear about their donation to Iraq (although I did hear about Brad being seen with Jennifer Anniston that says something about our media) you are exactly right that should be a wake up call to Christians… a challenge even. I was reading in the book of James that "True Religion" was feeding the homeless, caring for the orphans, doing the stuff that so many Christians hesitate to do. Although our prayers availeth much why do we over spriritualize the physical needs of people. We should always pray about situations but we should not stop there lets see if we can help. I know the first thing people will say but "I don't have money" maybe its not a matter of your money, maybe its your time. Sadly most people are less willing to part with their time than they are with their money.Thanks for the food with thought. If you find a website to make donations on let me know.

  • Eric

    Welcome to the blogosphere!

  • Andrew Marin

    For anyone interested in donating with me, I have started a collection fund through The Marin Foundation. I will keep it for about a month and then donate it. If you're interested email me at andrew@themarinfoundation.org and I'll give you all the info! Thanks!!


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