Mel's DUI "Blessing"

by Oct 13, 2006

Celebrity news usually makes me vomit, but I’ve been following the story of Mel Gibson’s DUI arrest closely. I’m very interested to see how a man who claims to have strong faith in Christ responds when he’s publicly revealed to be an alcoholic and a racist. This week he spoke on camera for the first time about the whole thing, and said he now sees the arrest as a blessing. “Sometimes you need a cold bucket of water in the face to sort of snap to, because you’re dealing with a sort of malady of the soul, an obsession of the mind and a physical allergy.” In this case, that cold bucket was “public humiliation on a global scale.”

Talking about his lifelong struggle against anger and alcohol abuse, he said, “You can not do it of yourself. People can help, but it’s God… you’ve gotta go there.” To me, he sounds a lot like Paul in Romans 7:

I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me… Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”