End of the Spear: Reprise

January 20, 2006

I just wanted to toss out an “Amen” to Internet Monk for his reply to the End of the Spear controversy.  I will again throw in my disclaimer that I am not in support of Chad Allen or his lifestyle, and I am not fond of his using this movie as a platform to spew his false gospel; but at the same time, the movie is not about Chad Allen.

I rented Mr. and Mrs. Smith today.  My wife and I have yet to watch it, but I am looking forward to seeing it.  My wife has hesitated thus far in watching it because Brad and Angelina met on the set of this movie, and it resulted in the break-up of Brad and Jen (boo hoo).  Sorry, I do not mean to make light of broken marriages, and it saddens me how common this crisis affects Christian homes (not to mention Hollywood).

One point that Michael Spencer (Internet Monk) so effectively points out is that there is sin on every movie set.  If we were to rule out all movies that incorporated or resulted in some form of iniquity, then there would be nothing left to watch.

I doubt I will get to see End of the Spear in the theaters (mainly because babysitters are few and expensive), but I will not hesitate to rent it when it makes it to the local Movie Gallery (which, by the way, carries some pornographic material…should I boycott that place?)

End of the Spear

January 20, 2006

Today marks the Nationwide premeire of the movie End of the Spear. There has been some controversy surrounding this film. The film chronicles the deaths of Nate Saint and Jim Elliot as they give their lives on the mission field in Ecuador. Their lives were sacraficed for the sake of the gospel, this is a story that needs to be told.

The controversy, however, is surrounding the actor, Chad Allen, that portrays Nate Saint. Chad is an outspoken homosexual and is an activist for the homosexual cause. There have been mixed reactions among even the conservative, evangelical community. I will refer you to one blog post by Justin Taylor. Justin’s blog will link you to Al Mohler’s and Mohler will link you to many other in the blogsphere.

My take on this is that the story of Nate Saint and Jim Elliot needs to be told. Christians spend enough time as it is attacking each other in our own circles, any attack on this film just tarnishes our image in the world even more. We are called to be salt and light. I believe this film can be a light, so let’s not try to hide it. I would agree more with Taylor than with any of the others that I have read. I don’t think that we should stand in support of Chad Allen and his activism, but the more we attack him, it will only reflect negatively on us.

I have come to realize that too many are more concerned with their appearances to brothers and sisters in Christ than with their presentation to the world. It is a fine line, but our utmost perspective should be that of God’s. We need to stay true to the gospel, but Christ’s chief motive was love. I think Chad Allen is wrong, but I think know that God loves him. This is a struggle, and each step we take in response to this film and to the activism of Chad Allen has to be bathed in prayer.

Truthfully, the producers of the film could have chosen more wisely in casting the lead character. It do not have a problem with the fact that Nate Saint is portrayed by Chad Allen. The problem lies in the fact that Chad Allen is using his participation in this film as a platform to spread an untrue gospel.

Could I be more self-divided on this issue?