Over a few week period we will be honoring ten of the greatest Christian heroes with a short 30 second read.
In our last report we profiled The savior of Detroit.
This time we profile probably the strongest American Christian of all time.
Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson was born at the age of nine months in Peekskill, New York. He moved to Sydney Australia when he was 12 years old. Mel Gibson is an American role model, actor, director, producer, and renowned man of faith.
Gibson was raised a Traditionalist Catholic. When asked about the Catholic doctrine of “Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus”, Gibson replied, “There is no salvation for those outside the Church … I believe it. Put it this way. My wife is a saint. She’s a much better person than I am. Honestly. She prays, she believes in God, she knows Jesus, she believes in that stuff. And it’s just not fair if she doesn’t make it, she’s better than I am. But that is a pronouncement from the chair. I go with it. When he was asked whether John 14:6 is an intolerant position, he said that “through the merits of Jesus’ sacrifice… even people who don’t know Jesus are able to be saved, but through him.
Gibson directed, produced, co-wrote, and funded the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ, which chronicled the passion and death of Jesus Christ. The cast spoke the languages of Aramaic, Latin, and Hebrew. The movie grossed US$611,899,420 worldwide and $370,782,930 in the US alone, surpassing any motion picture starring Gibson. In US box offices, it became the eighth (at the time) highest-grossing film in history and the highest-grossing rated R film of all time. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards and won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture.
Gibson’s traditionalist Catholic beliefs have been the target of criticism, especially during the controversy over his film The Passion of the Christ. Gibson stated in the Diane Sawyer interview that he feels that his “human rights were violated” by the often vitriolic attacks on his person, his family, and his religious beliefs.
Gibson complimented filmmaker Michael Moore and his documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 when he and Moore were recognized at the 2005 People’s Choice Awards. Gibson’s Icon Productions originally agreed to finance Moore’s film, but later sold the rights to Miramax Films.
Gibson’s strong outreach to the African communities and his successes in ending apartheid have earned him worldwide acclaim. He also has a reputation for practical jokes, puns, Stooge-inspired physical comedy, and doing outrageous things to shock people. As a director he sometimes breaks the tension on set by having his actors perform serious scenes wearing a red clown nose.