Gay Actor, Christian Film

The anger that some Christians are expressing over the casting of an actor who is a homosexual in The End of the Spear is embarrassing. Chad Allen, who also advocates gay marriage, plays Steve Saint and Nate Saint in the film, which powerfully depicts the sacrifice of five missionaries among the Waodani tribe of Ecuador. Allen does a terrific job in the movie, which is a ground-breaking presentation of Christian sacrifice and reconciliation reminiscent of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

While we Christians may personally feel disappointed for Allen about his homosexuality and his vocal activism about so-called “gay-rights” issues, we can only praise him for the skill and passion he brought to the movie. And do we really want to discriminate against actors who are homosexuals? (What happens when they start discriminating against us?) Or do we simply want to get the best artists, regardless of “sexual orientation”? The latter allows us not only to make the best art, but to reach out to those with whom we disagree.

I hope and pray that this silly controversy will bring more publicity to The End of the Spear, which has been unfairly maligned by some mainstream reviewers. More people need to see this film, which provides all moviegoers–gay or straight, Christian or non-Christian–with a gut-wrenching opportunity to learn about God’s love.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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