'The Power of One': Interview with Susan Sarandon

The star says imagination and empathy are what make her an actor--and an activist.

palacsinta

12/20/2005 01:49:45 PM

Just a note to remind people that the Christmas tree, lights,mistletoe etc. are pre- christianity. in fact they are pagan, the religion that was here in Britain for thousands of yeara before Jesus. These people celebrated the winter solstace and the first christians decided to adopt these practices, that were popular, so that Christianity was more easily accepted. The first Christmas tree was brought to England by Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, in the 1800s. Do not worry if some people try to abandon them, they don't realise that they are not Christian symbols. Also I'm sure that no Muslim would object as Jesus is a revered prophet for them.

davidchai

12/15/2005 05:11:38 PM

All inspired works are written through the scribe's filters. That is why although it may contain some divine tidbits, I would venture that most of it is what the authors want and hold thier biases and not what some deity wants.

davidchai

12/15/2005 05:09:33 PM

Bravo, I think that the Tanakh was also a man-made book. It may have been "inspired" by some deity but most great works of literature entail some form of inspiration, divine of otherwise. I am pretty sure that most of Shakespeare's works are some form of divine inspiration too. Remember, there are many deities and yours is just one among many equals.

Bravo88

12/14/2005 05:24:38 PM

The Bible is not simply a man made book davidchai, although you're entitled to mistakenly believe that. The Bible, just like the Jewish scriptures, are revelations from GOD which were written down by men as they were inspired to do so by the Holy Spirit. When I refer to the Bible, I am talking about the Old and New Testaments which are in versions like King James, NIV etc., not the books such as the JW New World Translation or the Mormon's book.

Bravo88

12/14/2005 05:20:33 PM

I think the problem is of morality but that Hollywood's immorality is less the problem than Wall Street's immorality. Withholding funds from the poor and middle class is much worse than making films that celebrate sexuality, violence and non-biblical ideas and beliefs. In the Bible, it is also the case; Jesus was more angry with the priests and leaders who robbed and stole from their people than he was with those who committed sexual immorality. In fact he was very compassionate to those who committed sexual immorality; he didn't condone it but he didn't condemn them. He did condemn the self-righteous who stole from the poor and who heaped up requirements upon those simply struggling to stay alive.

watsy

12/12/2005 11:40:17 PM

Susan Sarandon has a heart of gold.

davidchai

12/12/2005 06:24:07 PM

What you and your religion thinks your god wants from you may be just for those of your religion and not anyone else. Remember the bible is just a man-made book and is not relevant to many people. I would guess that her god is happy with her just the way she is. Also those who try second guessing how much money she gives to charity are way off base. You do not know how much she gives financially and it really is no one’s damn business. I would bet she gives far more than you think. Her activities are far more important because being a public figure she inspires other to do good work too. But telling how much she gives is not needed.

davidchai

12/12/2005 06:23:54 PM

Citygirl, Just because YOU think that she has no faith or morals does not mean that she lacks those things. Her ideas have impact because she has proven her willingness to put her time and money where he mouth is. She and Tim Robbins have a better marriage without the legal/religious stuff than many do with it. The fact that they have the financial resources to probably have secured the legal documents to protect themselves (I mean medical powers of attorney and the like, which hospital will accept because they are heterosexual,) shows that they a mature responsible people. And from what I have heard their children are proof that being married to your partner does not make you a better parent of person. They are, apparently wonderful examples of being good parents is all about.

Citygirl58

12/12/2005 03:15:42 AM

I think some of Sarandon's ideas are good. But I think they would have so much more impact, if there were faith and morals behind them. This is a woman who never officially married the father of her children - though I am sure by now the State considers them "Common Law". Yes, the fact that she helps other people is a good attribute to have. But this does not necessarily make one closer to God. What counts is what is on the inside - and that includes obeying what God wants with our personal life - marriage to our mates, and committment to God. I think her belief system is kind of like putting the cart before the horse. She should be concerned about her personal relationship to God, then the good works can follow.

Uriah_fan

12/11/2005 08:49:46 AM

I wish this lady well, but we give far too much importance to the wrong people. Her views are no more special than a bagger at the super market. Actually far less now that I think about it. The problem in this world is not so much rich and poor people but actually immorality versus morality. Sarandon would do something for the world if she fought against Hollywood whoredom and what her brand of lascivious, licentious hedonism does to children blindly following her professional influence. Go to a mall and see for yourself.

KMB524

08/29/2005 01:43:07 AM

I greatly admire her beliefs here. She & her family do a lot for others, & I wish the best for her.

prayerwarriorlorraine

08/09/2005 12:42:53 AM

I believe we should treat one another kindly and the God treat us. At times we as people are to hard on each other. We should really apply the WORD of GOD to our daily walk of life. And be hearers of the WORD but be doers of the WORD of God. And stop being hard on one another and be HARD on the devil.

espinozzi

07/21/2005 09:47:48 PM

Just back for a minute reading through all the posts. All great points, nice to hear what the world thinks about these things. One interesting observation can be summed up as this, there are a whole lot of intolerant "tolerent" people out there. You say that we should be tolerant of everyone, accept everyone's views as "right" with the exception of anyone who thinks differently than you. At least I am up front in saying that I believe a certain way and that I do not have to accept what someone else believes as true, just as they don't have to accept what I believe as true. You have to stand for something, you can't stand for everything. Just because I don't agree with someone's belief system does not mean I don't respect them as a person.

windbender

07/15/2005 09:43:47 AM

And, no, barblee, she didn't make a point of mentioning the "magic words."

windbender

07/15/2005 09:42:01 AM

"Good works are part of loving God... accept(ed) Jesus Christ... repented for...sins. Then all the rest follows...." The idea that only the "saved" are capable of loving G-d, or doing anything worthwhile is self-righteous, conceited, self-serving, arrogant and obnoxious. "As you have done, even unto the least of these..."

barblee

07/14/2005 09:26:39 PM

Henrietta; the reason I had asked because the article was titled "The Power of One". Now if that one is God that is fine..if that is the reason for the good works...not for self....we do not take the credit..He does.. it is not by our power that anything is done in this world but His.

filmore

07/14/2005 03:45:01 PM

DNVigerJr.- I went back and found your comments. It is obvious that you have bought the whole regressive phylosophy myth. It is true that this country is "the best" in a lot of ways, but to believe that all others have to do is "try harder" or allow us to come in and blow up their country in order to make it more "democratic" is to possess a very narcissistic view of the world. js

flutterbyelife

07/13/2005 06:57:52 PM

DNVigerJr. It shocks me that someone with an obvious internet connection is so misinformed. The U.S. has pledged the least amount "percentage wise" as all other nations. Yes they did increase the pledge, after much criticism, but it is still much lower than almost all other developed countries.

Henrietta22

07/13/2005 06:02:56 PM

barblee, In case you haven't read the rest of S.S. article; she was raised in the Roman Catholic faith, that will answer your question. But why question her at all? When we love and help other people because we really want to the people that are helped will really feel our love. If you only do these good deeds because you think God wants you to they will not particularly feel love. God knows what is in our hearts, and our reasons for doing everything we do, probably better than we do.

godisaheretic

07/13/2005 03:15:54 PM

Renee, excellent... sister barblee, so the atheist who does good works is loving God? sounds good to me... peace... ps: 1Tim 4:10

barblee

07/13/2005 02:43:52 PM

Good works are part of loving God...I could have missed it but does Ms. S. say anywhere in her article that she has accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and has repented for her sins. Then all the rest follows....

ReneeBledsoe

07/13/2005 02:15:49 PM

All talk, all beliefs aside...the same divinity resides in each and every one of us. It would be impossible to say what archetypes and symbology is the correct way to connect to that divinity, because this is a highly personal matter which is a unique part of each of us. Anyone that tries to tell you differently is tampering with another human beings connection to the divine force that is within us all. In my opinion this is a grave matter. In the final analysis, what truly matters is how you display and carry out what is in your heart and soul to the outer world. But first you have to know what is in your heart and soul. Many don't truly know. I contend that someone such as Ms. S typifies the lesson of taking action...even when others will criticize and castigate you.

blackiedog1

07/13/2005 02:09:02 PM

DNViger, Jr.: I think what S meant was that we don't give us much, PERCENTAGE wise as some nations, and that is correct. Look at what Bush pledged immediately after the Tsunami--a pittance compared to England and some others. We did increase aid, after some "nudging" from others. I agree with statements about self-reliance, but not all the wealthy got that way from hard, smart work, any more than many poor got that way because they are lazy. Parents with power (even some politicos!) some from connections, some from possessing qualities that having nothing to do with "deserving." Some people are beautiful or smart, and those are "gifts/wealth" in some sense, also. These also are proven to increase one's money-making potential. To other webposters, she is not "shouting her good works", SHE was interviewed and asked about her way of life. Should she have refused, because she is famous? We all want our voices heard, that's why we post!

DNVigerJr

07/13/2005 01:20:43 PM

It is good to see someone give of themselves and their family participating in activities that help people. Charity never faileth! Her politics on the other hand are confused at best. She is sadly mistaken when she says the USA doesn't give as much as other nations. That is completely untrue. We give by far the most! What she doesn't comprehend is that a lot of the money intended for the poor and downtrodden goes to cruel dictators in these countries. She also doesn't comprehand is that dictatorships and cruelty would be even more rampant and our way of life would be threatened without our military might! In this Country, no has to go hungry. Food is our cheapest commodity. What this government has done is make people so dependent on it that they haven't developed self-reliance and self-responsibility.

blackiedog1

07/13/2005 12:51:47 PM

fromoz: Why must SS or anyone, be poor or they can't be a Christian? I recall one line in the Bible (regardless of all the misinterpretations) saying that after all the good works were done, a man approached Jesus and asked what else he could do, and Jesus replied, to give all his money to the poor. In a practical sense, we would still have to prioritize "which" poor (or needy) as there are many, and have enough left for us and our family to live, right? Also, if you give away your coat, then you will freeze, and if we're all equal, in some sense, then that's not practical either. I think we are also taught to be careful how we think about the Bible's wording, because anything taken literally, must be questioned, because then you're depending on exact wording and interpretation, rather than the SPIRIT and meaning of the words . . .It appears that giving is a quality that everyone should participate in, and let's not label "rich" people as bad or greedy.

blackiedog1

07/13/2005 11:44:58 AM

scottnjaime: The Muslims have the Pillars of Faith of which the first is, "There is no God but God." So where do you get "Gods"? The pejorative term you have asserted "religious relativists" (is that unique to you or is that something you heard elsewhere and are parroting?)is clearly disparaging to those who hold other views than yours, which includes rather a large group of Christians, I might add. Please explain and defend your adament claims, "Jesus wasn't inclusive, Mohammed wasn't inclusive, The Buddha wasn't inclusive. . . " etc.

scottnjaime

07/13/2005 11:18:46 AM

I totally agree!!!!!! ALL GODS ARE ONE!!!! Yes, and I have decided I am now going to call God "Bologna" and I will worship him/her/it by eating live pigs using a melon baller and giving bacon to my friends! That's sarcasm by the way - you religious relativists water down everyones religion by trying to be so "inclusive" - Jesus wasnt inclusive, Mohammed wasn't inclusive, The Budhha wasn't inclusive (he was actually not a theist) give me a break! someone is righ and someone is wrong. and thats ok.

watsy

07/13/2005 11:09:07 AM

I'll let Fromoz speak for himself, but my guess is that he thinks that God could have done a little better. I mean, if I had the magical powers to snap my fingers and cure disease and end poverty, I'd be snapping all over the world. Jesus seemed to heal the sick to prove a spiritual point, but not really to end sickness or poverty in the world.

blackiedog1

07/13/2005 10:34:18 AM

espinozzi: WHY does it bother you that someone "claims" God as some higher being accessible to all religions? And why do you assert that she is wrong to "claim" YOUR Lord? What? Please, stop and see the hypocrisy and error in this. We can quote the Bible all day, back and forth to support our views, but what is your mindset, because that is, where it appears, your belief system you have chosen in springing, as even within Christianity, there are many choices to align one with. FYI: Allah is just the Muslim's word for God, just as Yahweh, etc. is the word for others. AND "the God of Abraham" is an odd choice for you, since you must not be aware that the Muslim religion is also an offshoot of Abraham's heritage as is the Jewish.

wolfiepa

07/13/2005 10:33:51 AM

To fromoz: You wrote and I quote: "From the article, I reckon Susan Sarandon is a high profile Humanist.I can't accept that her inspiration comes from Christ. Christ did not go out of his way to heal the sick or feed the poor." I ask you: What Bible are YOU reading? As far as I have read Jesus did go out of his way to heal the sick and feed the poor. In fact, he hung out with people no one in Jewish society wanted. So much so he was scorned by the Jewish religious leaders for doing so. Furthermore there is a verse that inspires you to do just that when he speaks of separating sheep when he returns. That he'll see if you have clothed and fed the poor. Again I ask you: What Bible have You been reading? Wolf

ReneeBledsoe

07/13/2005 09:47:22 AM

I am intriqued by the complexities that many humans overlay onto the simplest of acts. Not a single one of us is either all good or all bad. That is the duality and paradox we live with. Quite simply, here is a woman who could be living strictly for herself with not a care in the world for the human condition, yet she has the courage and the strength to TAKE ACTION and actually manifest her spiritual beliefs out into the physical world. I can choose to RECEIVE her example as an inspiration, or I can PROJECT my own issues onto her and miss the message. Her celebrity status has a duality, as well. It assists her in using her voice and in becoming an example to others (as we all have the opportunity to do)and it lays her open to criticism and gossip. Alas, I think Ms. S is well aware of this and continues to disallow this to sway her good work. She obviously is right within herself and in alignment with her truth, as one must be to stay out there on the line. Your example, Ms. S is not lost on this one.

barblee

07/12/2005 04:13:41 PM

You know, when you love God you will love those around you, you will see the need in the world, you will feel sorrow for those that suffer and have little because when you love God you see things through His eyes. He is in us and we in Him. We have no anger, no hatred, no bitterness, no resentment. That is the beauty of knowing and loving God.

godisaheretic

07/12/2005 03:24:09 PM

watsy, that is well said... peace...

watsy

07/12/2005 08:37:14 AM

Mark 12:32-34 "Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." Jesus replied, "You are not far from the kindom of God." Jesus believed that God is One. We all are one under God. We all are children of God. There is no "my God" or "your God" but only "Our God." We call God by different names, we worship God in different ways, we manufacture different theologies about Him, we make up different stories about Him, but until we understand what Jesus understood, we will only use God to divide neighbors. I believe that Susan Sarandon understands this, and has the same trouble that I have combining the love that I have for Jesus with the theology of Christianity that is so divisive.

espinozzi

07/11/2005 09:11:06 PM

I don't care what religion a celebrity is, but I do care if a celebrity who is most assuredly not a Christian claims her good works are in the name of my Lord. I know my Lord loves her and loves her good works too, but I would never claim my good works in the name of Allah since that is not my belief system. It bothers me when people claim God as some kind of being who encompasses all religions. In my mind, my God is the God of Abraham, the father of Jesus, and thus, what Christianity is based upon. To lump Him in with all the other higher powers demeans not only Him but what others believe as well.

watsy

07/11/2005 01:03:16 PM

What if they're atheists and doing it for the good of their human brother? Doesn't that count? Some people are atheists and have huge hearts and can't stand to see people suffer. They often worry as much about animals, plants, and the environment as much as their fellow man. I would never discount the good that an atheist does because of a skepticism about the supernatural.

Jesuslovesfrank2

07/11/2005 11:14:01 AM

I used to think celebrities should do what they do for others without the hoopla. But now, I believe the hoopla is warranted because it may motivate others to help people in need. And these acts glorify God's grace. And, as long as stars are not doing these charitable acts for their own glory, but for God's glory, then everything is everything. We don't need to know if they're doing these things for God's glory because God knows.

watsy

07/09/2005 08:43:24 PM

espinozzi, I wasn't referring to your post. Sorry, that wasn't clear.

taoway11

07/09/2005 07:07:17 PM

IMAGINE (John Lennon) Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today... Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace... You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world... You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will live as one Namaste

espinozzi

07/09/2005 05:51:19 PM

I have to admit, I had no idea this would become such a hot button for so many people. IS it because we all actually care what SS does or is everyone out there a tiny bit bored like me? Just wondering? Ok, let's all stop writing and go do something for someone less fortunate, how about that?

espinozzi

07/09/2005 05:34:22 PM

And as far as the live in lover goes, again, my opinion, but I believe in the sanctity of marriage, the standing up in front of witnesses and making promises to each other, promises that your friends and family hear you make and will help you keep. I don't disagree that they are truly in love and that is very good for their kids to see. Personally, though, my marriage was not to prove to anyone that I loved my husband, it was a sacrement, a holy union, made in front of God, the most holy witness. I guess I didn't need to do it that way, but I chose to and would hope that my children see that my husband and I love each other with all our hearts and our each other's best friends. IF SS has chosen not to include God in her union with TR than perhaps she shouldn't be claiming he is part of her volunteer activities either.

espinozzi

07/09/2005 05:29:49 PM

HOLD UP!!! I NEVER said I resented anyone. In fact, I believe I ended by saying I am glad she is helping. It's funny that you want your liberal celebrities to be allowed their opinions but when someone like me has one I am being resentful. Anyway, I still stand by my statement that I am glad she is helping but I don't like the fact that beliefnet showcased her interview. That's all. As you all have said, I am allowed my opinion, right?

watsy

07/09/2005 04:15:52 PM

SS has had a LOVER of MANY YEARS? I bet their are many married couples who could only wish for the same. If it's true, I bet that her children are the happiest kids on earth. Nothing is more perfect for children than to have 2 parents who LOVE one another. Nothing is more SACRED than LOVING for MANY YEARS. God has truly blessed them. I hope that it's true. I hate to hear stuff like this and then find that they're splitting.

watsy

07/09/2005 03:04:41 PM

I don't think that most middle class Americans can relate to people in poverty any more than the rich. I know that I can't. I've never gone hungry a day in my life. I've never been without a home a day in my life. I've always known that if for some terrible reason that I lost my home that family members would open their home up to me. People who resent the wealthy liberals for getting attention for doing good just don't like to see Democrats feeding into their sorry stereotype.

puleeze

07/09/2005 02:43:54 PM

It is impossible to make a comment here about SS without being accused of being judgemental! I just say good luck to SS, her lover of many years; and her illegitmate children OR did SS and Tim Robbins get married? If so, congratulations to all.

imdancin

07/09/2005 01:37:40 PM

There are people behind the scenes everywhere doing dirty grunt work that no newspapers will capture for their cover magazines. There are organizations of people who daily serve the poor. I know of one man who is 80+ and has been doing meals on wheels for years. He drives an old clunker of a car into areas that are not safe at all. He serves gladly. No hoopla.

imdancin

07/09/2005 01:37:31 PM

Stars have just as much right as the rest of us, to serve in whatever capacity they want to. But I agree a bit with espinozzi, no matter how hard they try these stars can’t really emphasize with normal people because they are privileged. If it makes them feel good to work in a soup kitchen fine. But most these stars, not all, go home to their huge expensive homes, with servants, and chauffeurs. We can’t, most of us, know what true poverty is unless we have lived it ourselves. But does the paparazzi, have to capture every little detail these stars do for humanity? I am sure there are stars and celebrities that do a lot, that we never read about, or see on a magazine cover. These are the true hero’s.

espinozzi

07/08/2005 07:22:03 PM

excellent points from all. Let's just agree to disagree on some things but all agree that help is help, regardless of who does it and where and who knows about it. SS is helping people, and I am sure the people she is helping don't care who she is so shouldn't care who she is either. I suppose I am just a little tired of celebrity hype. I mean, doesn't it seem like anyone can become famous these days for pretty much any silly reason? I guess if we are going to hear from celebrities I would rather hear about good they are doing then their latest sex tape. Thanks for reminding me of what's really important, all.

akbusch

07/08/2005 05:02:00 PM

I gotta hand it to you, espinozzi. You've shown yourself to be a big person, with your willingness to admit a mistake. Okay, so we disagree on Susan. That's okay. You know, it would be really, really nice if someone off the street could get people's attention as much as someone like SS. Failing that, we have forums and discussion boards like this, and we have charitable and relief organizations that usually are only too happy to have people volunteer to work with them and, maybe even serve on their boards. And we have ballot boxes.

sheilagh

07/08/2005 03:04:23 PM

cont. - Susan is just proclaiming what she sees as a core of the Gospel message. We all have a right to do that! Rich poor saint sinner - nothing can silence our right to speak the truth.

sheilagh

07/08/2005 03:00:19 PM

Seems to me, Jesus clearly calls us not to judge others but to let God do all the judging. We're called to see the good, to see Christ in all our brothers and sisters. To reach out in love and to serve. The greatest thing about remaining in the Catholic Church is the chance to minister and to receive and live in the power of the Holy Spirit.

watsy

07/08/2005 02:15:45 PM

Well, it's the rich and famous who can better call attention to different organizations. Why do you think that Nike gets one of the Williams sisters to advertise tennis shoes and not your neighbor? I contribute cash to Heifer International. Susan Sarandon(I believe) has been a spokesperson for them. I have no bad feelings that more people are interested in what Susan thinks about Heifer than Watsy. If people can use their fame for good, than we should be happy for them. I still think it's because she's a "liberal" that many conservatives have problems with her, but I'll take your word for it that, in your case, it's not.

espinozzi

07/08/2005 01:45:45 PM

I would much rather hear what my neighbor is doing in my neighbrohood than to constantly hear what the rich and famous are doing with their time. Keep in mind, she has everything at her disposal, time, money, powerful people. Being able to help isn't all the difficult for her because of who she is. Let's talk about the people who put their lives in danger every day to help one person, or those who give up a life of comfort to live amongst the poor. That is inspiritation. Susan Serandon, and most of us, go home to our comfortable lives and easily forget the less fortunate as we sit at our computers writing these words right now. I am entitled to my opinion, as is she, and I didn't feel the interview was appropriate. That's all.

espinozzi

07/08/2005 01:41:28 PM

Forget liberal or conservative, let's just focus on the fact that as a lot of you are saying, we are all entitled to our opinion, right? Ok, so interview someone off the street instead, to see what they are doing for humanity, rather that picking and choosing your celebrity. I am definitely glad she is helping and doing more than most of us, however, there are plenty of unfamous people out there doing even more. My point is, let's stop, as a society, gravitating towards what famous people have to say, good or bad. Let's let everyone have a voice.

watsy

07/08/2005 12:27:30 PM

Some Christians don't like Susan Sarandon because she doesn't fit their stereotype of a "liberal." She calls attention to the fact that "liberals" can be more caring and more concerned about humanity than they. She's a great actress, a caring person, and sounds like a wonderful mother. What's not to like?

luthitarian

07/08/2005 12:01:55 PM

Some say she has no authority to speak as a political person or a as a Christian. She's an ACTRESS, for cryin' out oud, and not an expert! Are any of us experts? What does it take to be an 'expert'? Is someone in public life, such as a performer or an athlete any less capable of expressing a point fo view, or have any less right to do so? Any less, say, than a teacher, an office worker, a plumber or an electrician, a doctor? Further, so what if we don't like their religion or their politics? We are political and religious beings by nature, and have opinions. I am a liberal who still likes John Wayne movies and Charlie Daniels recordings. Big deal! I don't have to like their politics to be able to recognize and appreciate their talent.

MammahBunn

07/07/2005 11:45:16 PM

Unfortunately stereotyping runs across the board of humanity. One of our weaknesses is to group people by race, gender, lifestyle when, in fact, we are all crying out to be recognized as an individual creation. We all have unique stengths and unique weaknesses. We each have our successes and our failures. It truly takes love and grace to become a community that serves each other without having to offer an opinion. Instead of opinions we need to offer action as Susan has done. I am absolutely blown away at how we as human beings insist on seeing the negative in a person long before we have a chance to see what is wonderful about them. I pray God will forgive us all for our ungracious and brandishing spirit that we have all been guilty of (at one time or another). I also pray that God will continue to guide and enable Susan and her family to be a light in their part of the world. Blessings, Mammah

elarson

07/07/2005 10:04:37 PM

Who's place is it to judge? Can any of us honestly look in the mirror and say we are 100% perfect and free of sin? Can we all look in the mirror and say we have not made mistakes and wrong choices? I am new to beliefnet, and I just can't believe how negative this is. WOW... but we are all entiled to our opinions and views. Angel not every christian act as if they are self rightous and critical... I know you said some... but if you look at any and all religions you will find people who fit what you claim about some christians. On a postitive note... no matter what, Jesus loves us all and bled for us. God bless

angeljoi44

07/07/2005 08:02:46 PM

i'm always amazed when some christians get on here and post their thoughts, its as if they are so self rightous and critical of everyone. oftentimes it is why people have so much of a dislike for christians because of their i know it all and if you dont like jesus the same way i do there is something wrong with you. have any of you really looked in the mirror and see the way you are? for god's sakes instead of writing all of the things that susan sarandon should be we should be grateful that someone cares enough to fight for the poor and downtrodden just like jesus did. show some real christianity and love thy neighbor as thyself, but no i doubt that most of you wont get that one anyway....and by the way this is not just a christian website and there are many different faiths and religions, all loved equally by the very same supreme being.

espinozzi

07/07/2005 06:28:26 PM

No, it is not her wealth I have a problem with, it is the fact that she thinks that wealth and fame gives her added wisdom on every topic. She is just a person, like me or you and I don't know about you, but no one is knocking my door down asking me my political views or how I serve the less fortunate, but according to all of you, I should have just as much a right to tell the world those things as she does. So why not interview me instead? Because I am not a wealthy superstar whose every sneeze is published by the media. I am sorry I made the mistake of saying this was a Christian website. The emails I get are filled with that content. I am glad they serve a wide audience. I Think uplifting sites like this are very important.

giantsfan24

07/07/2005 02:29:46 PM

If she wants to say the US is not doing what they should, more power to them(all of them including both conserv. and lib.). And she is also entitled to her perception of Jesus, which in this interview, is quite true(Jesus was very hands on). She doesn;t believe in a wrathful God...ok...I believe in a love yet just and holy God so we have a difference of opinions there. But I do applaud her working in these soup kitchens when she could prolly pay 100 people to do it for her.

akbusch

07/07/2005 01:02:43 PM

One more thing: This is not a "Christian" website. It's a spiritual website. There are articles by and about all sorts of people from all sorts of religious and spiritual traditions, including, but not limited to, Christian (of many flavors), Muslim, Hindu, Wiccan, and Buddhist.

inhisgrace

07/07/2005 12:59:57 PM

I totally agree with espinozzi...... SS used to be one of my favorite actresses.....but, she has blown her cover. To act as she is politics or an expert on what Jesus would do or what we should do as a Christian is so far off base it is pathetic. The movie starts should stick to acting, or otherwise keep quite on what they do not know.. That would go for Tom Cruise as well. As espinozzi stated; Jesus Loves all of us.....however, to deny Him is the greatest sin there is. It makes you wonder if SS or TC ever heard of Jesus and His teachings.... God Love you for speaking the truth.

akbusch

07/07/2005 12:59:31 PM

Criticizing? Badmouthing? Why is it that when a conservative criticizes a liberal/Democratic leader in govenment, they're being patriotic, and when a liberal does it, they're "badmouthing" and being ungrateful or disingenuous or unpatriotic or whatever? Beats me!

akbusch

07/07/2005 12:52:37 PM

So then, espinozzi, it's her (relative) wealth and fame you have a problem with? Isn't it better for someone who is well-off and famous to use that gift as a way to try to improve things rather than simply to gain more wealth and fame? You disagree with her--fine. I don't think she's really any more full of herself than any of the rest of us. We all think we have the solution to the world's problems. The difference is she has the means and the platform to get her voice heard more than most of us.

espinozzi

07/07/2005 12:46:58 PM

She is helping and that is good, but to put her on some pedestal on a Christian webiste seems strange to me, especially in light of her lifestyle choices. As I said, Jesus loves her and perhaps she has a relationship with him, I do not know. It is one thing to question government, it is quite another to bad mouth. That is what I hear most celebrities doing, that was my only point. I was, and still am, very upset with this interview. I suppose everyone deserves their say and beliefnet is trying to be open minded, but you don't want to open your mind so much that you lose it altogether. Cliche I know, but true. I passionately believe in my country and it's leaders, just as I passionately believe and love my Lord. I get just as upset when I hear people bad mouth Jesus or Christianity.

espinozzi

07/07/2005 12:41:55 PM

Throwing out statistics without giving circumstances for instance seems ignorant to me. Ok, so in recent studies the US has spent more on defense than on aid, but in the light of 911 I am thankful that my safety is assured, and I know miss Serandon is too. And I believe in the war in Iraq, our country was not founded under strictly peaceful circumstances, but here we are, living in freedom. If she questions the government so, she is free to leave as well, not the case in most countries. She is lucky to live here as we all are. I too feel for those less fortunate and admit their situations are horrific in some cases and I do believe the world needs to step up.

espinozzi

07/07/2005 12:37:55 PM

I may have mis-spoken, but it pains me when I hear celebreties take for granted the fact that they live in a country where they are free to do those things yet criticize the means by which we have gotten there. Peace comes at a price and while it would be wonderful if the world could live in peace, we cannot, and as a country with power and capabilities I believe we have a duty to conquer injustice in the world. It is ok to disagree with choices made, but celebrities speak as if they know better, as if they are somehow gifted with divine wisdom and therefore know better than the men and women who have been doing this day in and day out for years. Money does not make you wise and what bothers me is that society takes the word of celebrities over anyone else's the majority of the time.

akbusch

07/07/2005 09:50:05 AM

espinozzi, you are wrong. There is nowhere in the Bible, even taking a verse out of context, that suggests, much less commands, that Christians must "honor our government". We are asked to pray for our government, yes, but that's different from what you seem to be suggesting, which sounds like an unquestioning servitude rather than good citizenship. Rather, as Christians we must hold our government up to God's standards, and confront those in power when they violate God's law. That's what Dr. King did. There is much to be done yet in civil rights, but where would we be today if Dr. King had said, "As I Christian, I must 'honor', not question or confront, my government"? As citizens and as people of faith (not just Christians), it is not only our right but our duty to question and criticize our leaders.

MammahBunn

07/07/2005 09:24:38 AM

". . . Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master." "For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away." Finally someone who is not just about mouth service! I am humbled because I can't remember the last time I built a house for someone or worked in a hot kitchen to feed someone less fortunate. "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:" btw -- as a Christian I cannot say whether or not Susan is married in the eyes of God. There are no dictates in the Bible as to the ceremony or ritual required to determine that end. In some states she is already considered legally married. If you can't cast the first stone because of your own guilt, then just walk away . . . . Blessings!

LeahRachel

07/07/2005 09:07:27 AM

Apparently so, Ark. Shocks me that so many envy and resent those with more than we have. Susan is doing what she can and bless her for that. As far as not doing interviews etc as someone stated. How do we draw attention to the fact that today in America we have 5.5 million hungry children. My thoughts on all those so called "christians" bashing this woman is that you should go back and read your bible again. As far as only good deeds are done in the name of Jesus, phooey...a good deed is a healing act to the soul of the person who does it. There are many around the world who do not follow the christian faith, I do not believe they are all going to hell because they have not heard of Jesus. How absurd is that? Anyone that tells me if I am not like them I am going to hell, well all I have to say to them, See you on the other side and we will see who has egg on their face. Love and Light....LeahRachel.

ark15601

07/07/2005 05:01:17 AM

Does it matter who she is? I believe it is more important what she is...someone trying to do some good. Why is that a problem with so many of you? Are good acts only valid from those who are in agreement with your philosophy of life?

kneedluvn

07/07/2005 12:36:09 AM

Wow, some of you have some strong opinions. Which we are all entitled to, I suppose. Have you all read the article on this website regarding Judging? It is very interesting, you all should take a look. We are humans, as is SS. I don't agree with her political views, and I doubt that I would agree with all of her religious ones (does anyone agree with everyone?). But I must admit, I am surprised that Beliefnet choose her as well. But I am sure they had their reasons, maybe they prayed about it and that is where the Lord lead them. Afterall, the Lord works in mysterious ways.............

wisdom33

07/06/2005 09:58:56 PM

I think we forget sometimes that servanthood manifests itself in many forms. I applaud SS for her efforts and can only pray that she is serving according to how Jesus is leading her. No one should stand in judgement of her....yet we should focus on ways that we can increase our service to "the least of these".

espinozzi

07/06/2005 08:32:29 PM

I find it appalling that Beliefnet would even think to interview her. To begin with, I belive that as Christians we are called to honor our government, not bad mouth them. I am so sick of democratic celebrities thinking they are so high and mighty and that our president is an idiot. Good for her for helping people, shame on her for doing interviews about it. Shame on her for talking badly about our government, she is lucky enough to live here. I think Beliefnet really needs to think about who they interview and what message they are trying to send. Of all of the celebrities they could have picked (why pick any at all?) they pick one living in sin who bad-mouths her country and thinks that serving meals to homeless people makes her somehow spiritual? Ugh, it makes me sick! She is the LAST person in this world I want to hear spiritual advice from. Jesus loves her anyway, but I don't need to hear her mumbo jumbo on the one website I look at that is supposed to be uplifting.

SolidStand

07/06/2005 04:41:27 PM

barbie: Im not trying to bag on SS, all I was doing was trying to say, that in a very practical way the rich can go farther by being philanthropists. As to serving, I do so as to being proud of celebrities, I worked in Hollywood for several years and could fill this space with name dropping. But my intent was for SS to have all of Jesus Christ..which God can give her; For a woman like her to be even more blessed in receiving Gods indwelling Spirit. I didnt say those things because I dont like her, I said them because I appreciate what she does. I just work in a different kitchen thats all. Solid

fromoz

07/06/2005 03:45:53 PM

mmshimko, I don't understand, why do you have to serve in the name of your Lord, why can't you just serve? Does your Lord need the credit for your work? The headmaster of a local Christian School wrote in our local newspaper that unless someone served in the name of Christ that they were serving with the wrong motivation. At the time I was a full-time carer when my mum had cancer, and it seemed strange to me that my caring for her out of love and concern were the wrong motivations.

mmshimko

07/06/2005 03:23:26 PM

I give credit to Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins not only are they intelligent and caring individuals they aren't worried about the consequences of speaking out about what thye believe in. I am glad to hear they are raising their children up in that way. I also see people bashing her for money - she gives her time along with money and that's something that a lot of celebrities and politicians DO NOT DO! She's not afraid to get her hands dirty and doesn't complain. I know plenty of non-celebrities that complain about volunteering in church every weekend. I enjoy my service to my church and I try to portray what a joy it is to serve in the name of the Lord so that my young children will want to join my husband and me in serving when they are old enough. We also give to needy children both in our country and outside our country by donating our extra toys, clothing, bedding etc... There are many ways to give and some of the most precious ways are with our time.

fromoz

07/06/2005 02:37:22 PM

From the article, I reckon Susan Sarandon is a high profile Humanist. I can't accept that her inspiration comes from Christ. Christ did not go out of his way to heal the sick or feed the poor. Christ lived at a time when the Jews were being oppressed by Rome, but did nothing to free the Jews, unlike people such as Moses and David. In fact, Paul went a step further and taught slaves to work hard for their masters. Jesus, Paul and other "prophets" such as Buddha all emphasised the need to feed the spirit more than the body. But I can't help but be troubled by the ethics of not standing-up for the hungry and oppressed. As Jesus taught to give away all possessions, I believe Susan Sarandon can’t be a follower of Jesus and a wealthy actress at the same time. Just as churches can’t claim to be proclaiming the Gospel when they have money and own property.

barbiegrace

07/06/2005 02:01:47 PM

Thanks to Susan Sarandon..I believe that Jesus would be in support of her work and I do not think he would chastise her for her wealth. In fact I think he would chastise the christians who stand in judgement and claim that she should be doing more. In relative world wealth the average american is a 'rich man'. The average american has freedoms and blessings that even kings did not have in times past. So, give up your judgements...and start where YOU are..DO what YOU can do. ANd if the Lord should lay it upon you..go stand next to Susan in the soup kitchens and help her help others...I'll bet he majority of you would be bragging to your pals if you had the honor of standing next to someone who is so famous. You just might learn something... Christians are so smug..So self-righteous..KNOCK IT OFF! You did not hang on the cross..JESUS DID. STOP ACTING LIKE YOU ARE THE LORD. If you want to criticize...look no further than your mirror!

SolidStand

07/06/2005 01:14:11 PM

>> SS said More math. Lets make SS an upper middle incomer with her hypothetical 25 mill over the next 5 yrs... she can do what? lets just play a little. 25 mill..shes gotta have 100,000 per year..so thats 500k for her and 612 people can make 40K additional that year. Or maybe 1224 people can have 20K more that year. Putting them into middle class america that watches SS at the movies. Wow think of it, instead of getting Jimmy to hopefully do something for someone. SS can outstrip them all by miles and supply 1224 people with 20K for a year...and she still makes twice as much as they do. If this were a real plan..more folks would vote for SS to do that and KNOW they are going to be helped than anything Jimmy C can do for them with the UN.

ML52779

07/06/2005 01:02:45 PM

Hopefully Ms. Sarandon can serve as an example to all of us that we can all afford to open our hearts and possibly our wallets a little more than we are willing to admit. It's nice to see someone who isn't just writing a check, but getting down in the "trenches" and getting down and dirty, trying to really make a difference. I also admire that she is raising her children to be aware of other people's needs, and that they are privileged and have the power and opportunity to help those around them who are less fortunate. ~Maureen

SolidStand

07/06/2005 12:58:06 PM

Activism that doesnt work. Against global warming..but own a big heat losing house, several cars, boats and businesses that generate gases and heat. Against global warming..but expect everyone else to cut back on their lifestyles. Against global warming...but you have no plan to do the small things first, instead you want to write laws that infringe upon others. Against global warming.. but create no real do-able inventions or ideas that create a reason to change from the 'norm' of user polluters. Be a real activist and create something that does some good. Solid

SolidStand

07/06/2005 12:49:43 PM

dplatt: Though I used SS as an example of giving millions, I have no intention of demeaning the work and service she does. I dont doubt she also gives charitably. My only point was that a great deal can be done by those who have a great deal. The widows mite is not an example of the amount to give, but the heart and attitude in which even small amounts are given. The widows mite is representative of giving small but giving extravagantly...which she was commended for. 'she gave more than all' incomparison to her personal wealth, not in comparison to a rich mans wealth. Solid

akbusch

07/06/2005 12:30:09 PM

Yea, dplatt, I remember reading that somewhere too! Gee! There's something else I remember reading somewhere: Much will be required of everyone who has been given much. And even more will be expected of the one who has been entrusted with more." (It's found in the Gospel According to Luke.)

dplatt

07/06/2005 12:11:50 PM

Reminds me of the panhandler who comes up to the man and says: can you spare a dime, buddy? The man gives him a twenty. The panhandler then shouts out: You filthy stingy son of a... you have a thousand dollars in your wallet and you only give me a twenty?!? Funny, I think I read something similar from the opposite point of view... [41] And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. [42] And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. [43] And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: [44] For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

dplatt

07/06/2005 11:52:58 AM

Solidstand: "philanthropists" can't forgive foreign debt and write laws that curb global warming; governments can, and it takes activists to get them to do that. Besides, you have no idea whether she donates money or not. Maybe she does both.

SolidStand

07/06/2005 11:44:34 AM

The Math Lets just say S. S. gets 5 mill per movie for the next 5 movies... And she gives away 1 mil per movie...so without hurting her lifestyle Even a little.she can give away 5 mil. Not touching any of her bankrolled millions She already has. Lets just say she gave it to feed the children. You know the big guy with the Starving little kids..advertisement. Well for $30.00 per month you can save a kid. I million div 30 = 33,333 kids div 12 months = 2777 kids for a year. Times 5 yrs = means you can support 2777 people for 5 years And it didnt even deprive her of one new car, one new piece of furniture Or one new piece of jewelry she still took home 20 million for herself over That 5 yrs. Even if 1 million a year for 5 years was given to the soup kitchen...it would be an excellent way of feeding thousands and thousands of people. Only a reality check on what can be done by the rich if they stop being activists and start being philanthropists

dplatt

07/06/2005 11:40:45 AM

And, America is not perfect, but no one can deny that we are the first to offer assistance during disasters Actually, they can. After the tsunami, the U.S. essentially had to be shamed into raising their aid to be on par with other countries.

dplatt

07/06/2005 11:39:03 AM

Some folks never pass up an opportunity to bash America. In total dollars, the U.S. foreign aid and private charity dwarfs every other nation on the earth. But, no, that's not enough, because the PERCENTAGE of the wealth we share isn't enough. 1) It hardly "dwarfs" every other nation. Until 2001, Japan gave more money in raw dollars than the U.S. 2) As defined by the U.S., "foreign aid" includes military aid to countries favourable to the U.S. 3) Regardless of all that, richer countries *should* provide more aid. I'm tired of people calling "america-bashing" on anyone who makes a criticism of the U.S. The country sure ain't perfect.

anamchara

07/06/2005 11:36:36 AM

As a lifelong committed Christian, I believe that loving God, prayer, Bible study, and believing in Jesus with all our hearts means little to God, unless we reach beyond ourselves to help alleviate suffering in the world. A Christian who does not work for justice, is not a true Christian. "I was hungry and you did not feed me..." A Christian focused only on their inner life and their relationship with God is missing half the point. Faith without action is dead. Whatever her motives are, God bless Susan Sarandon for showing us Christians how to act!

shiftcolon

07/06/2005 11:35:27 AM

It never ceases to amaze me how people will rip apart any good deed that someone tries to perform, either they are not happy with the organization they pick, the verses they quote, their personal beliefs, etc. All these individuals put together that are out there trying to make a difference at least are doing something. Regardless whether we agree or not, they are out there "trying" to make a difference, no matter how small or insignificant it might seem to apparently so many. And, America is not perfect, but no one can deny that we are the first to offer assistance during disasters. I for one love my country...will always love and support my country thru good and not so good.

dplatt

07/06/2005 11:30:05 AM

"First of all, there'd be much more peace because the whole underlying problem in the world now is this huge gap between rich and poor. " Predicatably, she doesn't get it. Nobody ever asks WHY there is such a gap between rich and poor in the world. They don't ask because they think they know the answer. The rich are rich because they took it from the poor. News flash for you: That's not the right answer. And if you try to solve a problem using the wrong answer, you'll never solve the problem. Okay, then what is the answer? (besides, that's not what she's saying at all. what' she's saying is that the disaprity of rich and poor creates the other inequities that lead to global conflict and eventually war)

dplatt

07/06/2005 11:28:26 AM

" it takes so little effort and money to get rid of malaria," True enough. A few months of spraying with DDT, and Malaria would be pretty much gone. Oh, wait, people like Susan would scream bloody murder if we tried that. Thanks for playing. Better luck next time. Actually, mosquito netting is remarkably effective and completely non-toxic. DDT, on the other hand, is a known carcinogen. So hypothetically (I smell a straw man in your argument), if Sarandon did "Scream bloody murder" at the used of DDT, she would have a point.

flyingdove4

07/06/2005 11:03:58 AM

excuse me! but i have not ever heard so many judgemental people. go look in the mirror and ask that person you are looking at what should i change about myself. god loves you and i do too. peace

b-baggins

07/06/2005 10:50:53 AM

" it takes so little effort and money to get rid of malaria," True enough. A few months of spraying with DDT, and Malaria would be pretty much gone. Oh, wait, people like Susan would scream bloody murder if we tried that. Thanks for playing. Better luck next time.

b-baggins

07/06/2005 10:48:39 AM

"First of all, there'd be much more peace because the whole underlying problem in the world now is this huge gap between rich and poor. " Predicatably, she doesn't get it. Nobody ever asks WHY there is such a gap between rich and poor in the world. They don't ask because they think they know the answer. The rich are rich because they took it from the poor. News flash for you: That's not the right answer. And if you try to solve a problem using the wrong answer, you'll never solve the problem.

b-baggins

07/06/2005 10:34:34 AM

Some folks never pass up an opportunity to bash America. In total dollars, the U.S. foreign aid and private charity dwarfs every other nation on the earth. But, no, that's not enough, because the PERCENTAGE of the wealth we share isn't enough. Reminds me of the panhandler who comes up to the man and says: can you spare a dime, buddy? The man gives him a twenty. The panhandler then shouts out: You filthy stingy son of a... you have a thousand dollars in your wallet and you only give me a twenty?!?

redcarrec

07/06/2005 10:00:22 AM

Phlox-- It's true. I saw some statistics right after the Tsunami (sp?) last winter. I don't remember the exact figures, but the U.S. was pretty low (on a percentage basis) compared to other developed nations.

phlox

07/06/2005 09:37:32 AM

How inspiring to read this--the world needs more people like Susan Sarandon! The one thing I wondered about, was whether in fact the US gives less foreign aid proportionately than other nations...is that accurate?

AnnaKoukla

07/06/2005 09:28:24 AM

I think what Susan Sarandon is doing is wonderful but I do not think that she should show the world her good deeds. They need to be done in private, just as the Gospel says,"let not your right hand know what the left is doing." Also, she is picking and choosing parts of the bible, which she believes in and I completely disagree with her. Btw, being Orthodox, I have a problem hearing constantly that God is a she. Shame on Susan!

akbusch

07/06/2005 09:22:01 AM

suzienla, I didn't read but the first page of the article, and my eye caught you post, and I feel I must respond. Yes, we are called to obey all of what God asks of us in the Bible and not "pick and choose", but let's be honest--we all pick and choose. I'm not suggesting we should or that it's right, but I am suggesting that we take the 'picking and choosing log out of our own eye before we take the picking and choosing speck out of someone else's eye. For example, I know plenty of Christians who are quite pure when it comes to matters of sexuality, but who really don't give much of a thought to the poor, nor do they visit those in prison, which Jesus says, in Matthew 25, are some of the things we must do if He is to allow us into His kingdom at the last judgment.

hootie1fan

07/06/2005 09:04:00 AM

Why does an actor who has been involved in any cause for decades have less of a right to promote that cause than anyone else especially politicians who are in it for their own economic gain?

suzienla

07/06/2005 08:58:41 AM

Although I believe some of what you do is admirable, I do not believe we can pick and choose what parts of the bible we will practice. You have lived for years with your partner and never married. The bible does say a man will leavehis parents and take a wife. You are raising children who will have the same values as you that it is ok to have a live in relationship and not have it sactioned by God. I do not agree with your politics and feel that as an "actor" you have a responsibility to entertain not to use your name in order to sanction a cause. If you really want to do that, then use your real name and stay out of the lime light. Again, I do appreciate your volunteering with homeless but either you believe the word of God and follow it accordingly or you don't. God Bless, Suzi

protestant_irish

07/05/2005 11:44:51 PM

Mrs Sarandon thank you for good deeds and God bless. I must disagree on organized religion view, but i hear where your coming from. The churches need to be open all souls and not just so called goos people.

chrysalis64

07/05/2005 07:57:05 PM

It is heartening to see there are rich and famous people who really care about their fellow humans. Susan, along with others like Bono are the light in a dark tunnel of materialism, spirit-less religion and apathy. Maybe they will help wake up the rest of Americans before it is too late. Rock on!

LeahRachel

07/05/2005 07:18:18 PM

Well said Susan. Now if your not busy perhaps you could think of running for president. Oh, what a lovely place this would be. Bless you Susan. Love and Light....LeahRachel.

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