Lindsay Lohan. Truth. Love & Celebrity.

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When it comes to celebrity failings, the thoughtful creative for whom God is of central importance sees the truth and loves.

Most of us first became acquainted with Lindsay Lohan, when at the age of eleven she made her motion picture debut by playing both twins in Disney’s 1998 remake of The Parent Trap.

Six years later she starred in “Mean Girls,” and suddenly we were exposed to the struggles in her personal life including her partying and wild nightlife.

In January 2007 she entered rehab and began wearing a medallion that read– “30 Days” a reference to the number of days of sobriety she achieved in the program.

In late May her sobriety ended with a wild Memorial Day weekend in which she crashed her car and was busted for DUI and suspicion of cocaine possession.

Later the same weekend, Lohan, who won’t be of legal drinking age until July, was seen in photos taken just 48 hours after her car crash–

They show a seemingly wasted Lohan passed out in the passenger seat of a car driven by friend and deejay to the stars Samantha Ronson.

One shocking photo shows Lohan outside the car and on her knees, vomiting while two unidentified men watch her from the sidewalk.

Another shot shows an inch-long cut on the back of her left hand.

In the photos her “30 Days” medallion dangles from the rear-view mirror.

As witnesses to the deterioration of a celebrity who once charmed us with her sweetness as a child star–how should we respond?

Moralizing editorials will remind us that Lindsay Lohan joins the ranks of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton as young women whose partying ways signal an emptiness and meaningless in celebrity¢â‚¬¦

Pascal said there is in each human a God-shaped vacuum and each of these celebrities serve as poignant examples of what happens when humans try to fill that God space with something other than God.

BUT the thoughtful creative for whom God is of central importance resists exploiting celebrity foibles.

We know that each of us is guilty of displacing God with our own idols.

We know that even those who seek the spiritual are vulnerable to the wooing of the dark side.

Most importantly, we know that no matter how tarnished it may be–God’s image is imprinted on each human being¢â‚¬¦.

God created Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

God loves them no more or less than us.

We see that some combination of their lineage, fame, ambition or talent have catapulted them into the limelight and exposed them to temptations and seductions that have been unable to resist.

Like each of us their way back to God is not through their merit, status or special gifts¢â‚¬¦

Their way back to God is through the path of confession, repentance and the restoration of God to the central place in their life.

Then whatever work they do can be done for God’s glory and they will realize as we have, that celebrity does not make what they do of less or more importance than anyone else.

As CS Lewis said, “The work of a Beethoven and the work of the charwoman become spiritual on precisely the same condition, that of being offered to God, of being done humbly “as to the Lord.”

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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