Friday, January 13, 2006

The End of the Spear movie concerns

In the last couple days I have been reading a number of articles regarding the up coming movie “The End of the Spear”. Some are concerned about the fact that the Gospel message is not as clear as it could be and while I may understand that this was done to make the movie more marketable it is never the less sad to see. Of more concern is that the main character that plays both Nate and Steve Saint is an openly gay activist. Some comments have been made that we all sin and if we avoided those that sin we would not be able to do anything. However I think the point of concern is that in a story that is openly Christian, even if the story is not told as clearly, the choice of a gay activist is disconcerting. Also, disconcerting is that Chad Allen, the actor in question, has made comments that seem to say this movie can be used to the benefit of the gay community, see link below to Sharper Iron article.

We all have to make our own decisions on these issues but I know that this has put a damper on my enthusiasm to see this movie. To tell the truth I would have the same concern if it was revealed that the actor was an open womanizer or adultery so it is not the issue of homosexuality. In actuality it is the activism of Allen and that a story of men who were committed to Christ would be used to promote an agenda that is anti-Christian. It is not even the issue of sin as we all sin but it is the fact that Allen does not find fault in his sin and even wants to promote it. There is a vast difference between one who sins and is convicted by the Holy Spirit and is in the process of change and one who relishes and denies what they do is sin as Chad Allen seems to do.

Jason Janz at Sharper Iron writes on this subject that may give more insight. If you do not see the movie I would recommend seeing the documentary Beyond the Gates of Splendor.

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