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Christian Child Star Has a Tough Decision

November 27, 2012

Angus T. Jones, the child star who is the “half” in the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men” now says he can’t stand the show and counsels viewers not to watch it. Here’s part of what he says in this article:

“Please stop watching it,” said Jones. “Please stop filling your head with filth.”

Jones has been on the show, which used to feature bad-boy actor Charlie Sheen, since he was 10, but now says he doesn’t want to be on it anymore.

In a video posted by the Forerunner Christian Church in Fremont, Calif., Jones describes a search for a spiritual home. He says the type of entertainment he’s involved in adversely affects the brain and “there’s no playing around when it comes to eternity.”

Jones has become a professing follower of Jesus and can no longer stomach the degradation that the show champions. At the same time, in the article he both says he wants out and says he is going to stay.

He is facing the dilemma that most people have when they become followers of Christ. There are things from our old life that we don’t feel like we can reasonably let go of. I can think of hundreds of things we cling to, but they usually fall into these categories:

  • Friends
  • Commitments
  • Habits
  • Money
  • Power
  • Lifestyle

In the article Jones says he has no choice but to continue on with the series due to his contract. But is that really true? I mean, on one level you could argue that he needs to fulfill legal obligations and that it would not honor God to just walk out.

But there are a number of ways he could approach this. First, he could be willing to forgo his salary, even if they force him to do the show. Second, he could meet with them and ask to be let out of his contract, perhaps with a fine. Third, he could negotiate changes to the script. Fourth, (and perhaps most importantly) he could ask God to help him get out.

His statement of resignation that there is no way for him to leave the series is not accurate from a moral standpoint. Many people around the world have faced jail terms for their moral and ethical stands. People in countries like Syria and Burma have given their lives to throw down oppressive regimes. He has made 8 million dollars a year on this show. I think perhaps, as a young follower of Christ, he is still fighting several of the common problems all young followers face: a desire to be liked, to keep life relatively the same and to act like an innocent party.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think I would have done any better as a young believer. I have never made 8 million dollars and I don’t know how hard it would be to give it up. But Jesus did call the rich, young ruler to sell everything and come follow him. And as far as i can tell, that guy was new to his relationship with Jesus.

Here’s the takeaway: I am not trying to aim darts at this actor. Rather, I want each person reading this to ask this question: What do I need to let go of in order to follow Christ with more integrity?

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2 comments

  1. Good point, Mike. new believers often do not know God well enough to know that He will help them if they ask. and while they truly want to follow Him, most don’t know Him well enough to trust Him to provide for them, if He is asking them to walk away from security. this is where the fellowship of more mature believers is needed. but not the ‘Christians’ who lay down a lot of rules! no, spiritual babies need to see older siblings trusting God, need others to help them to know Him well enough to trust Him. God forgive us for giving new babes a lot of rules, instead of giving them knowledge of God.


    • Yes A…I am praying he will have some mature believers who can at least help him wrestle through the options and teach him how to listen to what Holy Spirit may be leading him to do.



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