End of the Spear preliminary thoughts

There has been talk about the blog-o-sphere concerning the lead character in the new movie End of the Spear. In “real life” the actor who plays this character is a homosexual. I should say their are disagreements over whether or not a homosexual should have played this part.

I just want to ask one question for those supporting a homosexual in this role. How would you feel if your favorite theologian/evangelist (i.e. Luther, Calvin, CH Spurgeon, Edwards, Knox, Wesley, Augustine, etc.) were potrayed in a biographical movie by Hugh Hefner?

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1 irRational January 20, 2006 at 12:21 am

Were they really so short of actors for the role who would not be so controversial? Really?

2 Ronnie January 20, 2006 at 8:40 am

I just want to ask one question for those supporting a homosexual in this role. How would you feel if your favorite theologian/evangelist (i.e. Luther, Calvin, CH Spurgeon, Edwards, Knox, Wesley, Augustine, etc.) were potrayed in a biographical movie by Hugh Hefner?

It wouldn’t matter to me as long as the person was a good actor and portrayed the role well. Which “bad” sinners do we exclude from playing roles in a movie, because the characters they are portraying were “good” sinners?

3 Mary Magdaline January 20, 2006 at 10:39 am

Here’s something that would be interesting. Choose someone’s favorite sin(s) to despise. (We all have them, myself included.) Then choose an actor who unashamedly practices that sin. Insert his name in place of Hugh Hefner’s, and then ask that person the question.

Then make it a little more interesting. Ask them if they can prove that their favorite theologian never struggled privately with that sin.

4 johnMark January 20, 2006 at 3:21 pm

My post was eaten. More on this later. I am going backdoor my point. I like what Gene Bridges said in this post http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2006/01/unregenerate-and-gospel-art-redux.html concerning evangelizing homosexuals, etc.

5 irRational January 20, 2006 at 10:23 pm

Of course everyone sins. The distinction I make is that this guy is interested in making sure that everyone KNOWS at least one of the sins he is habitually, unrepentantly engaging in whereas most people don’t do that. If this is supposed to be in any way a Christian movie (and I don’t know why it would be otherwise, quite frankly) then I do have a big problem with it. If this is purely another Hollywood standard piece then great…nothing more needs to be said…

6 Ronnie January 22, 2006 at 8:35 pm

The distinction I make is that this guy is interested in making sure that everyone KNOWS at least one of the sins he is habitually, unrepentantly engaging in whereas most people don’t do that.

Yeah, you are right, every other Hollywood actor hides their idolatry and their fornification. They are so ashamed of their sin that they refused to be interviewed and gloat about them.


If this is supposed to be in any way a Christian movie (and I don’t know why it would be otherwise, quite frankly) then I do have a big problem with it. If this is purely another Hollywood standard piece then great…nothing more needs to be said…

What makes a movie a Christian movie vs another Hollywood standard piece?

7 irRational January 22, 2006 at 9:29 pm

I meant a movie presented by Christians rather than one that is presented by those revelling in their open rebellion against God.

8 irRational January 22, 2006 at 9:52 pm

append also: for the purpose of spreading the Gospel. 🙂

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