The Wisdom Of Russell Brand

Well, there’s a headline I never thought I’d type. But hats off to Brand in this exchange with the Parliamentary Home Affairs Committee on at least two counts:

1. He advocates abstinence-based programmes for cure and recovery. When the Church calls for abstinence, it is mocked. Brand knows from painful experience its importance.

2. He knows and understands that celebrity is ‘a vapid, vacuous and toxic concept’ and used to distract people from important things that are happening.

Watch this and cheer him on. I’m not convinced by his arguments for partial decriminalisation, but in the other respects I found this stirring and a huge encouragement.

About Dave Faulkner

I'm a British Methodist minister, married with two children. I blog from a moderate evangelical-missional-charismatic perspective, with an interest in the 'missional' approach. My interests include Web 2.0, digital photography, contemporary music and watching football (Tottenham Hotspur) and cricket.

Posted on April 24, 2012, in Current Affairs and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Brand’s personal experience has led to an articulate and passionate response to this issue. I would agree that an abstinence-based program is the right way to go but would need to be backed up by love and compassion. And a preparedness by those offering love and compassion, as well as the person involved, to experience setbacks and hard work.

    A continued recovery for Mr Brand!


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