by Bill Wilson
In 2001, actress Jane Fonda announced she had become a Christian. While we cannot judge her heart, only the Lord knows, we do know her actions. Fonda, whose nickname is Hanoi Jane, is miffed because QVC Network cancelled her appearance to sell her new book. She assumes that angry calls about her anti-American activities in Vietnam prompted the network to cancel. She told the news media, "I am, to say the least, deeply disappointed that QVC caved to this kind of insane pressure by some well-funded and organized political extremist groups." The network neither confirmed nor denied that assumption. In this story lies a lesson on forgiveness and accountability.
In 1972, Fonda went to Hanoi and did a series of radio broadcasts for the communists, calling American military leaders "war criminals." She also posed on an anti-aircraft battery for publicity photos. Fonda was a leader of the anti-war, pro-communist movement once telling Michigan State students to pray "that we would someday become communists." In a 1988 interview with Barbara Walters, Fonda apologized to Vietnam veterans, saying,
"…I will go to my grave regretting the photograph of me in an anti-aircraft gun, which looks like I was trying to shoot at American planes. It hurt so many soldiers. It galvanized such hostility. It was the most horrible thing I could possibly have done. It was just thoughtless…"
Fonda seems bitter that people still hold her actions against her. After all, Jesus is very serious about forgiveness. He says in
Matthew 6:14, 15, "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
She believes that she should be forgiven for posing on communist anti-aircraft guns, but she still maintains that US military leaders are war criminals. She has never denounced her support of communism nor her role in trying to persuade the world that tortured POWs were receiving humane treatment. It seems she wants forgiven for getting caught, but remains unrepentant of her actions.
Since becoming a "Christian" Fonda has supported the Palestinian terrorists over Israel. She has served as a mentor to the all-transsexual cast of "The Vagina Monologues." She has recently meditated three hours a day at the Upaya Zen Center, a Zen Buddhist Retreat, wishing "Upaya was huge so everyone could benefit from what is done, taught, learned here…bringing together the Zen Buddhist practice with science and the arts and making it accessible to the Western world." Christian? Remorseful of her anti-American actions? Fonda is a victim of her own devices, not understanding that while sins are forgiven, there are still consequences to the actions. Yet those who point to Fonda’s actions are, in her mind, the extremists.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
by Bill Wilson