Stephen Baldwin is the new Job
If you recall the story of Job in the Bible, the Devil wagers that the wealthiest and most pious of God’s servants, Job, is only loyal because of all the material comfort and success he’s enjoyed. To prove the Devil wrong, God allows the Prince of Darkness to kill his entire family, destroy his livestock, burn down his house, and finally give him a bunch of disgusting boils all over his body. Job stays loyal and doesn’t curse God (although he laments ever being born; a clear sign he’s not too impressed by all these shenanigans). As a reward for his loyalty, his riches are restored through his friends (hey, doesn’t that just mean he was helped by humans rather than this sky-gambler?), and presumably, he finds another hot wife or something.
Well, Stephen Baldwin is broke, and he can’t help but see a parallel between himself and this Biblical character; so much so he’s actually created a website asking Christians to “restore him” the same way Job’s wealth was restored. In his video, he claims he’s lost countless job opportunities because of his openness regarding his faith. I guess the 23 films and TV shows he’s appeared in since his conversion all paid shit, because he’s had to file for Bankruptcy, and he wants his pious Christian buddies to bail him out.
The fact of the matter is Stephen owes 2 million in back taxes, and it looks like he’s simply not making enough bread to pay it all back. How does anyone end up owing that much money to the government? Details are pretty sketchy, but my guess is like millions of Americans, Stevie was simply living over his actual means, and now he’s using a Biblical parallel to try and sucker a bunch of people into giving him a crap-ton of cash:
What if 10% of the 159 million Christians in America gave a Token Gift? What if 10% of the world’s 2 billion Christians gave a token gift? What would the media have to say about such an event?
I guess if you’re going to dream, do it big! Stephen doesn’t just want to pay off his debt; he wants his wealth restored, and then some! Well Stephen, I think you’ll find your favorite guy in the world, Jesus, told his followers to abandon their wealth, their jobs, and even their loved ones in order to follow him into the kingdom of heaven. Is there no greater way to show your piety than by embracing your new found poverty? Is that not your true test of faith? Begging for money doesn’t sound very Christian…oh wait, yes it does!