I’ve recently become aware of the controversy that’s brewing in Christian fundamental circles surrounding the opening of the movie End of the Spear.
The producers cast a confessed gay man in one of the leading of the roles and now certain ministry leaders are having (and expressing) their issues.
For a little background…
OK…here we go.
the sexual orientation of one of the actors is short-sighted at best and pompous
and pharisaical at worst. I think this is exactly the kind of narrow-minded
perspective that has given the church the current reputation of being out of
touch and irrelevant…and unable to really speak to the issues of our
society or contribute to the arts of today’s modern culture.
situation was reversed…a Christian straight guy was playing the role of a gay
man in a movie based on the homosexual lifestyle. Then, at least they could say
that the actor in question was lowering his standards in order to play a role.
This, however, is not that situation; a gay man in a movie with a Christian
carry their logic? What about Al Pacino, Harrison Ford, Julie Roberts, Meg Ryan,
Tom Cruise, George Lucas, Steven Soderburg, Ron Howard? Are these people devout
Christians? Should their collective body of work be dismissed because of their
sinful lives? Have these ministry leaders come out encouraging their fellow
believers to boycott their films as well because of their sinful lifestyles?
What about books written by Hemingway, Eliot, Dickenson and other legendary
non-Christian authors? When does the book-burning begin?
if my sin is no worse or better than your sin or Chad Allen’s sin, then how can
my work or your work or anyone else’s work be accepted by this strict
a real problem with the prevalence of the homosexual lifestyle being depicted
throughout the media. However, I think Mr. Allen’s performance should be
judged by his abilities as an actor not by his sexual orientation. Likewise, the
film (and the producer’s casting decisions) should be evaluated on it’s artistic
merit and not dismissed out of hand just because one of the actors happens to be
have on Mr. Allen? Let’s pray that the same beliefs and convictions that guided
Nate Saint will ultimately bring Chad Allen around to the
The movie opens this weekend (January 20). I encourage you to go see it (sooner rather than later) and make up your own mind about the movie; its story, its production quality, its on-location shoot, and the artistic ability of its actors. Again, go THIS WEEKEND. Remember, attendance opening weekend often dictates whether the movie hangs around a while or dies a quick and uneventful death. This movie’s message is too important to allow to die.
But that’s just what I think. What about you?