I haven't see this movie yet - plan to this week. By now you have probably heard about the controversy that has surrounded this movie and that is the fact that the lead role is played by a homosexual activist, Chad Allen. OH NO!!! OMG! What are we as followers of Jesus Christ supposed to do with that? (let me be foolish for a minute to prove a point)
Choice #1: We could PICKET the movie theater - take a stand! Yeah! Get out and let these people know how you feel about this "poor choice." If you decide to do this, please don't call (or even tell) me.
Choice #2: PREACH a sermon series on the ills of homosexuality and "tell it like it is." Let's rally people against this great sin! Again, please leave me out of your plans if this is you.
Choice #3: BOYCOTT! That's right! We'll teach them a lesson! Cut off the cash.
Choice #4: LEARN THE FACTS (this one gets my vote!)
Yes, I'm sad that a movie depicting the lives of these modern-day martyrs has become the subject of controversy. Hiring a homosexual activist to play the lead role of Nate Saint goes against everything we believe as followers of Jesus Christ. But what are the facts in this case? Ready?
The reality is that Steve Saint (the late Nate Saint's son) who helped oversee the movie discovered that Chad was a homosexual activists AFTER he had been cast. In that situation, how could Steve ask him to step down? He was truly in a no win situation.
The problem is simply this; we want to sing Amazing Grace and then decide who gets it! Isn't it wonderful that Chad Allen was given the same grace you and I were given when we trusted Christ as Savior! I think so! Maybe as a result of this, he'll eventually come to faith in Christ. Check out what Steve Saint says about this from Christianity Today:
"It is hard to see people have to defend a decision that I was responsible for, for people to have ugly things said about them because of a decision I made. But I have total peace about the decision, and that Chad Allen was the man God intended to act in the movie. I knew that there would be a price to pay for any position I would take on this issue, regardless of the fact that I had not wanted to be involved. I knew one thing for sure: I would rather face the anger and even hatred of people who feel I have let them down, than to take any chance of having to stand before my Savior and have to answer for messing up his plans for Chad."
Click here to read the entire article. Before you go judging another person's motives and actions, be certain that you have all the facts. Also, let's be salt and light to EVERYONE and not just those who we feel are deserving. Pray that Chad realizes his need for Christ and accepts him as Savior and Lord.
“Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help.” But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? That’s why Scripture exclaims, “A sight to take your breath away! Grand processions of people telling all the good things of God!” Ro 10:14-15 The Message