Thursday, February 02, 2006

On the Purity of Messages and Messengers

The debate over the casting of a gay actor in the movie "The End of the Spear" has spilled over to the pages of the New York Times.

The movie is based on the true story of five American missionaries who gave their lives in 1956 trying to witness to an indigenous tribe in Ecuador. When the movie was first released, Al Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY criticized movie makers for casting a gay actor in the lead role.

The New York Times quotes Jason Janz, Assistant Pastor of Red Rocks Baptist Church in Denver, as saying "we must realize that the Christian message and the messenger are intricately related." It also quotes film director Jim Hanlon as saying, "If we start measuring the sin of everyone in a movie, we would never be able to make a picture because none of us would be left."

I agree with Hanlon.

This entire controversy is based on a premise within certain evangelical circles that homosexuals do not enjoy equal rights in our society.

If anyone were to suggest that evangelical Christians should not be cast in acting roles portraying non-evangelical Christians, these same evangelical Christians would be screaming loud and long about how they were being attacked and denied their civil rights.

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