Tuesday, January 17, 2006

My Two Cents on "the Spear Controversy"

I posted this comment on both challies.com and Between Two Worlds... and still I post again! I think it is worth considering though.

This may sound repetitive, but I still go back to the idea that this is an item of conscience. I am not convinced that either “side” can make an air-tight case for their arguments. I have read both strings (challies.com and Between Two Worlds), and it seems to me that there are really only a few concrete facts to consider.
1. The movie is about Christians.
2. A homosexual advocate plays one of those Christians.
3. The film is produced by a quasi-evangelical company (although I am not so clear on that).
In issues like this one, it our duty to think in the realm of revealed truth (“true Truth”) and ask of the Biblical text which Scriptures inform our decision as to whether or not to watch the film. Reading through the comments, some Scriptures are mentioned, but there is very little in the way of direct application (i.e. Paul did not write to the Ephesians a screening guide for films). That being said, our opinions on whether we should watch or not are perhaps better made in the closet than the blogosphere.
“Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” (Romans 14:4-5).
If a man is convinced that he can watch the film to the glory of God, I am not convinced we have a right to condemn him. If our watching of the film is going to cause undue consternation in our friends’ lives, then perhaps we should skip it – and maybe even do something like pray together instead! 
It seems to me that the worst thing that could happen is that our endorsement or rejection would harm the unity we share in Christ.

Tim wrote a gracious reply here and clarified some things too.


  1. Great post. Both well balanced and fair. I don't even know why this is an issue, really.
    Whether I will see it is another question, but it will be for different reasons than most Christians.

  2. I wonder if there'd be any debate if the actor was a serial adulterer rather than a homosexual?

    Homosexuality is certainly a hot topic these days, with same-sex marriage in the news and all, but are we guilty of elevating this sin above others?

  3. Paul,
    I skimmed Challies' large post, and read most of Justin Taylor's. Your post here brought things back to what I think is the Biblical answer. Thank-you for your wisdom.
    Whether its the Luther movie (in which none of the actors are Christians [I think]), or Chariots of fire, or this one,. . .or another matter of conscience, we must apply the Bible. As soon as we rally people around something other than biblical truth we are in an enormous danger zone.

  4. Amen! Excellent point. I loved the film and cried through a lot of it. Chad Allen did a good acting job and didn't promote his homosexuality at all in the story. He portrayed a straight, loving father who was willing to give his life for the message of Christ.

    But others have a different opinion and I cannot judge them for following their conscience.

    Now the tough question: which is the "weaker brother"? ;)