Axl Rose is garbage and so are you (and me, too)

Axl Rose beat up his girlfriends. Axl Rose has slept with hundreds of women. Axl Rose has taken drugs. Axl Rose is selfish, rude, arrogant, caustic and brash. Axl Rose has a filthy mouth. Axl Rose is a reprehensible man.

How does he stack up against other unsavory characters? Well, he’s certainly no Hitler, or Saddam Hussein or Slobodan Milosevic — he hasn’t ordered the slaughter of millions of people. He’s no Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer, raping and murdering victims right and left. He’s no Bernie Madoff — he hasn’t bilked thousands of unsuspecting people out of their life’s earnings. Axl is sliding down the badness scale, it seems.

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Axl Rose regrets what he did to Erin and Stephanie. Axl Rose dreamed of having a wife and family. Axl Rose wished his friends would leave the drugs behind like he did. Axl Rose is considerate, polite, caring, thoughtful and generous. Axl Rose can turn off the profanity when he wants to. Axl Rose is a decent man.

On the sliding scale of goodness, he’ll probably never attain Mother Theresa levels, but he has got a few things going for him. He’s pretty good. I’m pretty good. You’re pretty good.

My 2 year old son is in diapers and he can make some awfully potent ones. Whether there’s one diaper or ten in the trash can, it still stinks. And rotten garbage can’t stay in the house.

God doesn’t have a sliding scale. Either you stink or you don’t; there’s no in-between. Axl Rose certainly stinks (which he knows and admits {Rolling Stone April 2, 1992}). I stink; I am a reprehensible person, too. And the sad fact of the matter is, you stink just as bad as the rest of us. As much as we might like to pretend that our goodness will outweigh our badness in the end, it’s just a sad deception we’re putting over on ourselves. God can’t have our stench in His pure and spotless presence.

Maybe you don’t believe in God. Maybe you don’t put any stock in how your “badness” affects your life here on earth or after. Maybe you haven’t raised a hand against your spouse or slept around. But not one of you can tell me that, in the course of your life, you have never been arrogant, selfish, rude, or said hurtful things. How do I know that? Because we’re all human and that’s what humans do. As such, none of us can point a finger at Axl Rose just because all of his faults happen to be publicized for all the world to see.

Now, if you are concerned about where the stench of your life is going to land you, don’t lose hope. God doesn’t want you to remain wallowing in the trash heap. He provided you an out, a way to shed the garbage, a cleanser for those stains that make you less than perfect. Jesus Christ took every ounce of your crap (and mine, and Axl’s) and suffered the shame, torture, and death that all of us deserve. All of us — you either stink or you don’t, remember? And Jesus, the holy, set-apart, perfect Son of God — the only one who doesn’t stink — was the only one who could do anything about it. But not even the putrefaction of the world can kill absolute purity and perfection forever. Good does triumph over evil. But make no mistake, it’s not our goodness that makes any difference. Thank God that Jesus brokered the most lopsided trade in history — our rottenness and darkness for His perfection and light, allowing us the opportunity to find that release and peace in our lives that we all search for. We look in a lot of different places — feng shui, simple living, alcohol, educational honors, sex, career advancement, meditation — but the truth is, perfect peace can be found only in the presence of a perfect God, perfectly loving and perfectly just.

Since the day I began researching Axl’s life, I have been actively praying for him that he would one day turn over all his garbage to Jesus in exchange for that forgiveness and peace that he desires. My 4 year old daughter (mini Axl) faithfully prays for her hero every night. If you are a Christian, I challenge you to do the same.

And all of us should be grateful that our garbage isn’t on public display like Axl’s.


11 thoughts on “Axl Rose is garbage and so are you (and me, too)

  1. Krista says:

    Amen! Soo true! Great post, I love it. 🙂


  2. Lisa says:

    So well said. Praying for him faithfully.

  3. grenouille78 says:

    Thanks, Lisa and Krista. 🙂

  4. Susana Canales says:

    I’m not Christian but sometimes at night, I think about him and hope that he’s doing well. I have been rude. I’m pretty sarcastic. And selfish. We’re humans .-. We were built that way. Flawed. And I am glad that for theses things, I’m not a celebrity. Lol I’m just stalking your blog, Jen xD sorry. Since discovering this, I’m always pleased to know that I’m not the only one who thinks he’s not as bad as he’s made out to be. He better be grateful! Lo

  5. Susana Canales says:

    Indeed. Maybe it’ll make him feel better. Even a little positivity can help people deal with a lot of negativity.

    Haha xD I am. I’m just like…always on the look out for articles I may have missed. I don’t comment on every single one but you can be sure I probably have already read it xP Idk. I care about Axl. I don’t know him but oh well! Haha! I promise 🙂

  6. Lesley says:

    I’m going to go out on a MAJOR limb here, as I’ve done in paradise City, by saying something for which I’ve been labeled stupid and naive. I have never believed (and never will) the specific accusations (which I will NOT mention here) of Erin Everly or Stephanie Seymore. While it’s true that Axl admitted to being “arrogant, selfish, rude,” and saying “hurtful things,” I refuse to accept the aforementioned (or in this case, the afore-NOT-mentioned) accusations. Now I know this might prompt you to ask… “Why?!!! Axl was subjected to unspeakable abuse and in many cases those who were beaten repeat it themselves! Are you out of your frickin’ mind?? How on Earth can you think the way you do?!” Simple: The man said so and I believe him. Even Slash said that Axl was the most honest person he had ever met. As for the religious views in this post, I don’t share them, but I have nothing but the utmost respect for the beliefs of others. If we, as a violent, war-like, primitive species could sit at the same table and say to one another, “You’re Christian? Oh. that’s nice. I’m (__insert Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Catholic, or none of the above__)…” and everyone walked away from the table with mutual respect for one another, Earth’s history would be a lot less bloody. That’s my dream. Okay, I’ll shut up now. You know once a ginger gets going… 🙂 Love to Axl and to everyone here.

    • grenouille78 says:

      Respect goes a long ways, doesn’t it? And I figured it was only fair that everyone know where I’m coming from. Nothing to hide. As for my opening paragraph, those are the things that most detractors cite as reasons for why we should all hate Axl’s guts and why we’re all morally superior than him. Which is the whole point — we’re not. None of us are. While I, too, have my suspicions about the abuse allegations, I don’t have the means to prove things one way or another. Really, there are only three people on earth who can say for absolute certain what happened and those are Axl, Erin, and Stephanie. You know me well enough to know that I’m not going to contribute to the hearsay.

      • Lesley says:

        Of course, Sister! 🙂 And I didn’t think you were. I probably don’t have to explain this, but when I said “you” I was referring to anybody who read my comment. You’d be surprised (or maybe not!) at some of the rude responses to my outlandish opinions elsewhere! 😮 I don’t expect it here, however, because you’ve already discouraged that brand of negativity right from the start. ❤

      • grenouille78 says:

        Nope, I got you. 🙂
        Somehow, I do still manage to be surprised at some of the venom that gets spewed. Sickening.

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