Friday, January 20, 2006
More News on End of the Spear
There are a couple more updates on the End of the Spear controversy.

First, Justin Taylor has refined his position in his latest blog post, "End of the Spear, Redux."

Second, Agape Press has released a story on the issue, "Saint Defends Casting of Homosexual Actor in Christian Missionary's Story." This report includes the following:

In the midst of the controversy, support for Allen has emerged from what may seem to many to be a surprising source. Steve Saint, who acted as a producer, played a bit part, and served as a stunt pilot for the production that dramatizes his father's Christian life and martyr's death, says he feels it was God's plan for the homosexual actor to be in the film.

Saint admits that he was shocked the first time he learned of Allen's orientation. "I could feel physical pain," he recalls, "thinking [that] somebody that lives a lifestyle like that is going to depict my dad." However, upon further reflection, he began to see the actor's involvement as possibly God-ordained.

Although he realized many Christians might be offended by Allen's role in the film, the Christian co-producer says, "I thought, 'What happens if I stand before God someday and He says to me, "Steve, I went out of my way to orchestrate an opportunity for Chad Allen to see what it would be like to live as your father did.' And then I could picture Him looking at me and saying, 'Steve, why did you mess with my plan?'"

End of the Spear's director suggested a similar belief in the important and transforming power of being a part of the making of this movie. In an interview with the website "Hollywood Jesus", filmmaker Jim Hanon -- who also directed Beyond the Gates of Splendor, the documentary version of the true events on which the theatrical film is based -- said participating in the film was a life-changing experience for all involved, including the gifted actors chosen to convey its message to movie audiences.

Every actor has "a gift of empathy which allows them to truly feel and therefore truly communicate what a character is feeling," Hanon observed. "In this way our actors experienced, and vicariously lived, the reality of this story before any one else."
posted at 11:00 AM  
Comments (2)

At 12:43 AM, Anonymous TJR in the Ville said...

Regarding the movie itself...Can't we consider it a simple tool for the "sake of the gospel." Are we so inept at talking to people within our personal relationships that we have to have a movie articulate the entire plan of salvation in order for it to be worthwhile. I have seen the movie, it was very powerful for me in a number of ways. It did not mention the name of Jesus. It did have several sections of dialogue that I think clearly pointed to the grace of Christ's sacrifice and the dicotomy between those prepared for heaven and those who are not. Again, this movie is a tool, granted it may be a hammer with a loose handle, an axe with a chip in the blade, or a rake with missing tines (have I beat the analogies enough?), but like any tool it is for us to use how we may for the sake of the Kingdom. Are we really still waiting for that perfect evangelistic MOVIE?!?

One thing that is powerfully clear in the movie. The forgiveness given and demanded by Creator God can change everything. It can allow us to forgive the worst of offenses. I think that is a message both believers and non-believers need to hear.

Am I thrilled that Chad Allen is in this film. No. I think ETE was foolish in their choice, and I wish they had chosen otherwise. Although I do understand their reluctance to dump Allen after he had already been offered the part. Can you hear it? "We're all about the power of the gospel to change lives...oh, your gay, sorry our relationship stops with you now, hope you find someone to show you the gospel elsewhere." I think you get my drift.

Go see the movie. Be moved and consider who you need to forgive. Talk to a lost friend (assuming we all have them) and help them understand the power behind the movie. Better yet forgive the friend and tell them why. Send a note to ETE and tell them to use better research, discretion and discernment next film.

That's my rant thanks for reading.

At 11:10 AM, Blogger ScottyB said...

this is so huge i am listening to your comments on the mp3 --well done brother


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