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Missing The Point?

Thursday, Feb. 02, 2006 12:01 AM

The heavily-promoted film, "End of the Spear," recounting the tale of evangelical missionaries who took their ministry to a tribe in Ecuador and ended up losing their lives, is drawing notice for something other than its inspirational story.

Chad Allen, who plays the role of Nate Saint, is an openly gay actor and activist, a fact that doesn't sit well with some evangelical ministers.

One of them is the Reverend Jason Janz, a Baptist minister, who took the filmmakers to task in comments on his website. Over 100 ministers across the country put their signatures on a letter drafted by Janz.

You see, Janz believes upright Christian kiddies will confuse Chad Allen and his views with Nate Saint and the Gospel of Christ Jesus. That students Googling Allen's name might find all that, you know, gay stuff.

The president of Central Baptist Seminary in Minneapolis suggested it might be an, "overreaction to firebomb these men's houses," but called the casting of Allen as part of a calculated strategy.

Do we need to point out that Christ traveled in the company of tax collectors, fishermen, and a prostitute (or pagan priestess, as the case may be) instead of high society and ecclesiastic nobility? That, in His Time, Christ did things that ran against accepted doctrine - He healed the sick on the Sabbath, after all. Big no-no.

Why, He could have inspired kids of the era to do things like feed and clothe the poor, or get confused by this whole, "I am the Son of God," spiel.

Imagine that.

The Ministry has received 1 comment(s) on this topic.

scottski - 2006-02-02 12:26:22
those Fools have sucessfully eliminated the "Christ" from "Christianity", as far as i'm concerned.