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Politics: Angus T. Jones 'apologizes,' but don't buy the suggestion that he regrets his testimony

Published by: Dan Calabrese on Wednesday November 28th, 2012

Dan Calabrese

By DAN CALABRESE - Walking the right side of the line.

I refuse to subject myself to the brain-rot that is The Today Show, but sometimes I can't avoid at least seeing what's on the screen when I'm at the Y in the morning. So when I first noticed its triumphant graphic announcing "Actor Apologizes" along with a picture of Angus T. Jones, my heart sunk a little with the fear that the "Two and a Half Men" star might have backed away under pressure from his Christian testimony, which we dealt with here yesterday.

When I actually read the apology, though - limited as it was to his comments about the show and the people involved - I had to admit that he was right to offer it.

Even if it's true that the content of the show is filth, and displeasing in the eyes of God, you still have to find a way to say that without insulting people who have given you an opportunity and treated you well. This is often a problem new Christians face. They feel very zealous in expressing what they have now come to understand, and that zeal comes out in their statements. If they happen to be public figures, the zeal is not only amplified but repeated over and over again, often by people who don't even know them but who believe they are completely nuts.

Jones did not renounce his faith or the change in direction in his life. Despite what the media wants you to believe, he did not "backtrack" on the major points of his testimony at all. What happened is that he realized, as a lot of Christians do, that it's tricky to speak truth about the depravity of the world without insulting and disrespecting people who should not be the object of such disrespect. And Jones was right to apologize for that, even though he was far from the first Christian who has found it difficult to walk the right side of that line.

There is also this muddled question of Jones signing on to the show for one more year, for $8 million, and whether that makes him a hypocrite. To hear the New York Daily News tell it, Jones signed on for another year because "God told him to do it" and otherwise he would have preferred not to. Now, I don't know what's in Jones's spirit, so if he says God told him to do another year of the show, that's good enough for me. If that's the case, he should not be publicly complaining about not wanting to - but that again is another example of how difficult it can sometimes be to publicly discuss matters of faith, especially when people are looking for an opportunity to call you a hypocrite or a charlatan.

There's no embed code but here's where you can see his latest interview on The Adventist Channel.