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,


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. Andy L

    No one cares what you think. I read the first paragraph of this and will delete your opinion from my brain as soon as i close this page. Get your own life. P.S. – the evangelical rep isn't much better than the Sheen rep.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  2. Former Catholic School Boy

    That's all we need. The only thing more annoying than Charlie Sheen would ba an Evangelical Charlie Sheen!!!!

    March 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  3. Erika

    All words well said! Thank you!

    March 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  4. E

    Hey Margaret, you should be more worried about the molesters, scammers and Fred Phelps types who have hijacked your religion. Maybe once your morally righteous bunch fixes those issues and finally proves any of the insanity claim by the bible, then you cam start working on helping Charlie and other Hollywood types.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Rodger


      March 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  5. VJN

    Couldn't have expressed my very thoughts any better, Margaret. Thanks. I hope he hears you. And it was thoughtful and kind of you to take the time to write such a lengthy and insightful letter to him.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  6. cybermonk

    Go get em Chuckles. You've got the world in your hands.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • YouAreTrolls


      March 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  7. Lindsay

    @ Margaret- LIKE! Well written sister.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  8. Dave Walsh

    Why don't you get to know Charlie before you write and try to act all superior to him. Did you know he was in Haiti with Sean Penn helping earthquake victims. I bet you didn't, cause the media conveniently forgets to put that information out there.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  9. ben

    oh good, another braindead 'evangelical' giving advice. Kindly learn how to think for yourself, before telling other people how to think. You are a disgrace. Shame on you for mentioning that lying fraud Graham. Of course you would recommend another christian evangelical liar to 'help' Charlie.

    In short, go back to huffing paint, you fruitcake delusional nutcase who worships an invisible man in the sky. Charlie has enough problems without your fake 'god' coming into the picture.


    March 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Wilhelmina

      If you slate is clean.......

      March 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Minos

      What's pathetic, Ben, is you and your obsessive hate for those who believe in God. That's not normal. You need help. On top of that, you spew nonsense about a "invisible man in the sky" clearly demonstrating that you know absolutely nothing about that which you attack. You're an embarrassing joke even to well meaning non-believers. Your dark words reveal your dark heart. You think you're displaying your superior intellect when is fact you come across as a boring, bitter, intolerant, and crotchety ignoramus. A perfect poster child for the new-atheist movement. Keep up the good work!

      March 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  10. LJB

    How is this News?

    March 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  11. jim

    Pull up, my @$$, let the dumb, no-talent shlt crash and burn!

    March 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Joe

      That "dumb" no talent guy is now making millions more then the networks could ever pay him, what's more they are begging him to come back..so he wins, it's about WINNING!

      March 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • realist

      and what does your W-2 say Jim.....this is America...he is playing everyone for a fool and laughing all the way to the bank....like none of you would have any issues if given everything he has.........go home to your fat life and your crappy house and your hyundai

      March 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  12. Basil999

    When it all comes to push and shove, this idiot is believing his own press, just like every other 15 minutes of famer. He'll go the way of Spears and Lohan and be long forgotten shortly, left to stew in his own toxic juices. And his YES MEN will go on down the road to their next free meal.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  13. J0eschm0e

    Charlie youre a CRACK HEAD in the last throws of a crash, good luck and good night dude. flailing your arms around, calling yourself a warlock, w t f is that crap anyway? get off the coke a$$*ole, youre making a moron of yourself, and we dont care about charlie anymore. we're sick of you. either crash and burn or get psychiatric help. STAR BLOCK ANYONE??

    March 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • YouAreTrolls

      Nobody makes you follow his story. Get a life. J0eschm0e is not winning..

      March 25, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • cybermonk

      Bitter much? For someone who doesn't care, you certainly sound like you do.

      March 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • John

      EXACTLY!!! What kind of MINDLESS LOSER would be one of his followers? I'd rather eat my own puke.

      March 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • cybermonk

      Sheen will be tapping this groupie pastor by week's end.

      March 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • YouAreTrolls

      Come on guys, at least call me a WINNING mindless loser! If you are tired of it all, then unplug.

      March 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  14. Enoch

    Didn't this happen a few weeks ago? Way to stay topical.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  15. radam82

    Franklin Graham is a zealot.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  16. Bob

    To Margaret... you make the assumption that Charlie has changed into this persona.... Sadly, maybe "this" is just the real Charlie Sheen. I hope not, but it could be.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  17. armando

    I agree with feinberg. Had dreams about charlie 1 year ago and this ride he's on. Praying for him. pull up charlie! pull up.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • John

      Not worth it. Drugs and problems aside, this guy is a pathetic loser. Can't stand him. Can't stand ANYBODY who thinks he is above others. This guy has zero class.

      March 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  18. Kelli

    @Sue...or should I say miss negative...he has been accused but not found guilty of anything...remember that part in our wonderful USA..also, he can be anyones idol for so many things..like making us laugh at ourselves or his television show...yep he is crazy and and lost his kids but look at the mothers...golddigger comes to mind...I don't care for his recent behavior nor do I condone anything he does...I just wish you would get off your high horse miss perfect...last time I checked there was only one person who should judge another and that is GOD!

    March 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • John

      The few who can't see what a #LOSER this guy is, are the ones in the same diminished capacity crowd as he is.

      March 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Barnacle Bill

      The irony of a person who uses the twit #LOSER calling anyone else a person of "diminished capacity", is quite rich.

      March 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  19. Bob

    The problem with a pycho is they just don't have the mental ability to learn a thing! Too bad he was "once" a good actor. Bye Charlie.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Kelli

      Go on take your money and run...whoo yah

      March 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • elmo

      I agree he's a psycho. But never on being a good actor. He's C grade at best. The only reason he's acting is because of his father.

      March 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  20. Ryan

    LMFAO, you have nothing better to do than give Sheen MORE ATTENTION?!!?!

    Biggest loser of a pastor I've never met. Go make some friends other than God buddy

    March 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • jenn


      March 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • John

      It's a chick, moron

      March 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • mycatsbreathsmellslikecatfood

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

      did not have to read any further before LMFAO.

      good stuff here CNN

      March 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Texrat

      Today's nominee for best unintentional irony. Loser.

      March 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Mona in TULSA

      Just "dedicated" my recent blog entry, at http://babesinadland.com, to Charlie. When are coming to T-Town?

      March 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Rachel

      You SUCK!!!!!

      March 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Chris


      First of all, if you are worred about giving Sheen more attention, why are you reading about him? You represent the mainstream public of today. Uneducated and one of many that don't give a crap about anything in this world, much less God! I hate to see the day that you cry out for Him because your life is a wreck!

      March 25, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • Chris

      First of all, if you are worred about giving Sheen more attention, why are you reading about him? You represent the mainstream public of today. Uneducated and one of many that don't give a crap about anything in this world, much less God! I hate to see the day that you cry out for Him because your life is a wreck!

      March 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
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