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My Take: A concerned evangelical's open letter to Charlie Sheen
March 25th, 2011
09:23 AM ET

My Take: A concerned evangelical's open letter to Charlie Sheen

Editor's Note: Margaret Feinberg is an international speaker and author of "Scouting the Divine" and "The Organic God." Follow her on Twitter.

By Margaret Feinberg, Special to CNN

Dear Charlie,

As one of your 3 million Twitter followers, I’ve given you the ability to speak into my life in 140 characters or less, so I figure the least I can do is return the favor (with a few extra characters). You’ve been on quite a ride: setting a new Twitterlicious record for bagging the most followers in 24 hours, reducing "Two and a Half Men" to reruns on Monday nights, and displaying behavior that defies any sense of rational behavior (even among warlocks).

“Charlie Sheen LIVE: My Violent Torpedo of Truth” tour selling out in just 18 minutes, Brooke Mueller dropping the restraining order, and a big wet kiss from Jimmy Kimmel may make you feel like a #winner, but as a well-meaning fan, I’m asking you to put away the Tiger Blood T-shirts and pull back from the Hollywood media blitz long enough to consider the following:

No. 1: Though “Yes” people are always more fun to surround yourself with, maybe it’s time to make room for people who will challenge your thinking and behavior. Maybe you need some time with people who don’t give a rat’s tail that you’re Charlie Sheen.

I have two recommendations: The first is a guy by the name of Rob Bell. He’s been stirring up a bit of controversy talking about who or what is really a #winner in his new book, "Love Wins." A lot of people don’t know what to think about Bell or his nebulous beliefs, but I guarantee grabbing a cup of coffee with him will make you think about yourself and life differently.

My second recommendation is someone named Franklin Graham. Yep, his dad is named Billy. But before you roll your eyes, Franklin knows a thing or two about booze and babes from his youth. His story just might surprise you. Plus, he’s doing a whole lot of good through an organization called Samaritan’s Purse. Franklin won’t care that you’re Charlie; he’ll only care that you’re a human being, and you need more people in your life like that.

No. 2: You need some more #losers in your life. As television’s highest paid actor (nearly $2 million an episode), we can all see how you feel like a “a total rock star from Mars” and that you are riding the high of being “on a drug ... called Charlie Sheen.” The porn stars and the private jets make you feel like a #winner, but maybe it’s time to hang with some #losers, people who have lost everything.

On the other side of the world, more than half a million people have lost loved ones, everything they own, or a sense of life as they know it. They go to bed at night and wake up in the morning under the shadows of nuclear disaster and uncertainty. Maybe it’s time to take a ride to Japan sans the goddesses and remember that all the wealth, fame and celebrity status you’ve been given could be used to help others in need.

Please don’t just write a check. Look into their eyes. Listen to their stories. The reality check will trump anything you’ve experienced in rehab.

No. 3: You’re selling out too cheap. The erratic behavior and incoherent ramblings have left everyone wondering when you’re going to crash. Comparisons to Anna Nicole Smith abound. Other than those who purchased seats for your Violent Torpedo Tour, everyone else is being given free tickets to a crash and burn party.

In case no one has told you, you’re more valuable than that. Don’t give them the pleasure. Instead of opting for the crash, pull up, Charlie, pull up. Embrace redemption — it’s never too late to turn things around and inspire us all with goodness rather than just another implosion.

No. 4: You have five kids who need you around. Even if you dismiss every argument, I have some names you can’t dismiss so easily: Cassandra, Sam, Lola, Max and Bob. Some say any media attention is good media attention, but I can’t help but wonder what your kids will think and feel when they Google your name years from now.

Your children need a loving, responsible father, which you can choose to be — and maybe that’s the best wake-up call of all. If you won’t come to your senses for any other reason, do it for them.

As for the rest of us fans, we want you back, Charlie, on your “A” game as an actor, and as a healthy dad. We’re rooting for you!

One of your fans,

Margaret

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Margaret Feinberg

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Celebrity • Christianity • Opinion

soundoff (942 Responses)
  1. jay

    This guy probably has so much fun with life.

    March 27, 2011 at 4:21 am |
  2. jay

    I just signed up to follow him on twitter, the second one I actually followed.

    March 27, 2011 at 4:16 am |
  3. servant of God

    amazing piccc i wonder who it isssss, lol thee spirits charlie wow are amazinggg buddies of mine i live live that every day i have a pic of Christ himself, forrrrrrrrr heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee is lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve

    March 27, 2011 at 1:13 am |
  4. Kevin

    If I ever saw Charlie Sheen in person, I would ask him to smell his finger! Everyone is just jealous of him! He's not stupid!!

    March 27, 2011 at 12:48 am |
  5. patty

    Great letter. Being in recovery from living like a rock star- I certainly would have appreciated such a compassionate plea for sanity. I'm also grateful for the do called losers in my life who were truth tellers, role models, and decent human beings who cared enough about another human being to treat me like a person minus the pedestal. It was a long painful fall but those who had been there before me helped me regain my footing on solid ground. I pray that Charlie is fortunate enough survive the fall and just be another person trying to help others through empathy and genuine generosity. Oh, the good that could be accomplished...

    March 27, 2011 at 12:33 am |
  6. preciouspearl

    Jesus is Lord and Charlie needs Him on earth and eternally. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul.

    March 26, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  7. deb

    I hope Charlie gets it together eventually but I'm not impressed with him so far. Big deal – he's the highest paid actor in TV. His ego is beyond belief. He has five children who need him to be a real father. I think they are the ones we need to be sad for. Hopefully he'll get it together soon.

    March 26, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
  8. Bunnysue

    Regardless of your belief,or non belief of God, Great article. How many times do we witness a star fallen too soon only to say "why didn't someone who cares step in"? My only hope is people who aren't on the payroll help him.

    March 26, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  9. jordygordy

    This shouldn't be just for charlie sheen, itshould be for EVERYONE, we all need to humble ourselves a bit.

    March 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • Javimanteg

      Not me!, I'm the owner of the Universe!

      March 27, 2011 at 1:56 am |
  10. the_truth

    it saddens and bothers me that so many people don't believe in god...smh i can only pray for your souls

    March 26, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      the_truth (?) wrote: "it saddens and bothers me that so many people don't believe in god..."

      I can sympathize... it saddens and bothers many of us that so many people believe in fairy tales...

      March 26, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
    • Rabi tagore

      You only have to worry about yourself!

      March 27, 2011 at 1:54 am |
  11. God Bless The u.s.a.

    What Da Fukkkkkk I can't post my comments... but the douschebag sheen can make millions? Wow ain't this amerika!

    March 26, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  12. God Bless The u.s.a.

    Hes such a douschebag! Nuff said!

    March 26, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  13. God Bless The u.s.a.

    He's such a dousche bag! Nuff said!

    March 26, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  14. jay

    It's Charlie Sheen's money, he's earned it, he can do what he wants with it, it's not his responsibility to take care of the world or pity those of us unfortunate enough to be unemployed or broke or down and out or the recipient of a Tsunami in your back yard.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  15. bretheren

    AMENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

    March 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  16. jay

    I find it fascinating when people try to improve others lives based on their own lives and life experiences without 1 single thought about the fact that the person in question just doesn't care what you think. Charlie Sheen can do what he wants, when he wants. He doesn't need my nor anyone else self approval or denial to have those freedoms. You ever notice when you're on top someone has an opinion about what you're doing wrong and when you're on the bottom everyone still has an opinion. Here's my opinion. That everyone should mind their own God Damn business and keep your opinions to yourself. Just because you have freedom of speech doesn't mean you should.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
    • Jen

      That's a shame. Somewhere I think Charlie does give a poop, or he wouldn't have started on this well publized path of destruction. I also believe that he's been around AA/NA long enough to realize his disease is a sympton of the problem. He didnt continue into the boggs of addiction because it was fun. And I bet given a sober moment, he'd be the first to admit, he aint having fun anymore. The really sad thing about your comment is to believe that there are actually people in the world who just don't give a poop aboiut anyone or anything. Sociopathy, Narcassism. Either way, what an empty life.

      March 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • Mary

      you didn't keep your opinion to yourself moron. i suggest before your profanity driven posts are posted again, you think intelligently about what you're commanding others to do or not to do. obviously, you get a little confused and then like the fruit cake you sound like – you don't even know you're doing exactly what you're telling the rest of us not to do.

      As far as CS is concerned. People get bored at times, need a little humor, like to see the rich crash and burn. There aren't really alot of people following this loser that care about him other than to see the ass he's making of himself and making bets as to how he'll go out – so, when someone does come along to offer something a little more positive to a loser like CS albeit for her own gain too – who really cares. If he reads this and it helps him – WINNER! Now – go take your meds big boy and stop being a priss.

      March 26, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  17. Jumangee32

    Don't get her, don't care about Charlie, clicked article by mistake...

    March 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • the_truth

      but yet you still read it and commented on the article smh *sips tea*

      March 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  18. erich555

    That Charlie sure is amazing. An evangelical speaker and author? Just reeelin' em' in.

    March 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  19. Michelle

    I agree. Way to tell him. He has definitely lost his way, beyond even Hollywood bizarre.

    March 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  20. lori

    yet another person trying to hitch their ride onto the sheen bandwagon in the name of "help"

    March 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • ecnav

      Wake up Lori.

      March 26, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      I agree with so much of what you say to Charlie Sheen, Lori. I think many of us love Charlie, and want him him safe. I hope he listens to you!

      My one exception to your advice is asking from Franklin Graham. I have found many of Mr. Graham's public statements absolutely repugnant (Obama being an African and/or a Muslim, clearly ignorant or racist statements about Arab-Americans or Muslims – the list goes on & on. It leads me to believe from his cringe-making public statements, that he would be be a unhelpful source for Charlie. Graham seems almost as nutty as Sheen is now! He needs someone like his father, Martin Sheen – who posses intelligence, a strong political conscience, and (similar) experience with meltdowns to that of his son.

      We all just have to pray that our darling Charlie will come back to us without too much damage!

      March 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • Renard

      Sitcoms are a caricature of life, escapist entertainment not to be taken seriously.
      A lot of people believe two and a half men is really more of a biography.
      If that is true it is the only reality show worth a crap. When Charlie is on his death bed I Doubt he is going to ask himself "What would Jesus have done?"

      March 27, 2011 at 1:02 am |
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