Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Brokeback, Jacked Up, and Screwed Up...

A Review by Chad Thompson of Townhall.com called Breathing humanity into Brokeback, discusses some positive effects the film may have concerning understanding the struggles of being gay. In one part of this column he notes, "It opens the eyes of those who, before seeing the film, had no idea how darkness looms for those who live in fear of telling their friends and family that they are gay." That may be the case to an extent, yet you cannot ignore the greater, and far more serious influence this film may have, that being, creating an environment that further legitimizes deviant and damaging behavior. I doubt it necessary to make a full feature film with a star studded cast to convey to others how hard it is to deal with homosexuality. I don't need to witness someone drinking or being drunk to empathize with the plight of alcoholism. While Mr. Thompson seems to make some interesting points in this column, especially regarding the fact that homosexual behavior is a symptom of a deeper problem, he comes off as defending the film at first more so than pointing out the fallicies within it, only paying lip service to them. The fact that he actually used the term "homophobic" demonstrates to me that he has a far more liberal attitude regarding being gay and seeks to blame outward reactions to an already deviant behavior, rather than the behavior itself as noted here:
The movie itself argues that it was society's fault that Jack and Ennis never had a shot at living a real life together, and I agree. The early 1960s was a tumultuous time to be homosexual in America, and to the degree that the movie is a statement against the violent and homophobic attitudes of the sixties, I am its fan.
I disagree, it wasn't societies fault, it is Jack and Ennis' fault for choosing to live a deviant lifestyle wihout accepting the consequences of that lifestyle. Thompson should have continued focusing on the true cause, a sinful nature in need of redemption by our Creator. In so far as his use of the term homophobic, I have a real problem with such terminology given that it isn't even a real word but is only a political trigger word used as a tool to denograte those who actually find such behavior repulsive or disgusting, or who simply disagree with it, and rightfully so. Unwarranted violence against gays is no different than violence against blacks or any other individual, it is wrong and only demonstrates that there is evil in the world. For those who commit such violence it is the same assessment, they are in need of redemption as well.

Later in the article though, he begins drawing very good and interesting contasts regarding the existence of God and characters behavior in response to it. He writes:

The truly ironic part of the film is that almost every single scene contains a visual acknowledgment of God’s existence, along with a practical denial of it.

The apostle Paul says, “Since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

The scenery portrayed in Brokeback Mountain—the rock formations, the sunrise, the skies, the rivers—they all testify to the existence of God and to the greatness of God. Yet the characters in the film acted in exactly the manner that one would expect someone to act who didn’t believe in God.

Very good contrast drawn here. I applaud him on this as it gets more at the crux of the matter for this seems to be the case in real life as well. We continue in our lives struggling with sin and many indulge themselves while still professing Christ, yet in doing so we completely deny Him in spite of the evidence to the contrary. A good example is on the website in the comments section, one commentor refers to himself as a "gay conservative Christian"...sorry but that makes no sense. To acknowledge Christ and at the same time deny him by indentifying with evil is a perfect example of worshipping the created rather than the Creator. Amazing!

The title suggests bringing humanity into the picture, yet the film speaks of and sympathizes with inhumane behavior. The humanity comes in when we begin to look at homosexuality for what it really is, deviant behavior that is an indication of a greater problem within the individual. Just as most deviant behavior is. We have to get away from the political correctness to get at the true solution, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Only then can humanity be brought to the table, but dressing up the language and using PC terminolgy only obscures the problem and usually points to the wrong solutions. Being more sensitive to gay lifestyles and pushing more to understanding and appeasement isn't going to help anyone.
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us..." Hebrews 12:2
...and that is what its all about. Christians have to get back to what is right and true. We have to stop watering down God's word to fit into what we "feel" is right. We have to stop being afraid to let go of that sin. It is about what God says is right, and He has already estiblished His order from the beginning, He made male and female in His image, Who is blessed forever, amen.

Related:
DL Foster chimes in over at Perspectives in Motion on this topic and check out his website www.witnessfortheworld.org, looks like he is doing some great things with this ministry. More power to you DL!

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do you feel the darkness inside you when you think of this subject? Do you somehow sense the fear that grips you when you begin to really consider homosexuality and all it implies? Do you know how ashamed God is when you call his other children deviants? Does it make any sense to you that love between 2 people cannot be evil? How has your avoidance of real truth manifest itself in your life, Jerry?

Jerry McClellan said...

Anonymous, next time try using your real name and stand behind what you say, it might lend a little more credibility to your assertions.

Question: Do you know how ashamed God is when you deny His truths and replace them with your own?

Anonymous said...

My name is Brad, I live in Montreal. And God speaks to me from inside, not from some book. His truths *are* my truths, because we're inseparable.

John Crawford said...

You might want to check your Bible again because nowhere in the Bible does Christ condemn homosexuality. The Apostle Paul condemns all sexuality outside of marriage, gay or straight, and all of his references to homosexuality actually refer to temple prostitutes in the original Greek, but I don't see you crusading against every movie that has adultery in it. Leviticus condemns homosexuality but also the eating of shellfish. I assume you also steer clear of clambakes. And the people of Sodom were condemned for showing a lack of hospitality to Lot. So I'm not really sure where you get this idea that Christ was against homosexuals.

DL Foster said...

Jerry,
excellent post man. I piggy backed off it. I dont think you get pings do you?
Anyway the link is
http://psimo.blogspot.com/2006/02/if-its-broke-try-and-fix-it.html

Jerry McClellan said...

DL, thanks for linking and for the complement. I believe you can track back to this post through simple tracks.

I'll add your link to this post in a few. God bless.

Michael_the_Archangel said...

Jerry -
GREAT post!!!! As for some of the comments ...

Brad (who I assume is the author of the first posting) and John - Good luck with that particular spin on God and His Word. Granted, I've seen 'christian' preachers spin God's Word but your own interpetation is ... done poorly. Brad, God did not give us His Word so that we need to ONLY listen to Him from our insides. He gave us His word because we need more than our 'insides' to know Him and do His will not our will. John, no where in the Bible does Jesus encourage or even hint that homosexuality is correct. Jesus's coming fulfilled the old law and the old promise of the old testament, but it also set in place a new testament - Himself. If the old laws were not changed under Him and His Church (such as eating of shellfish) then it is correct to assume that those parts of the old law stand - such as homosexuality is WRONG.

I'll be linking to this posting later Jerry.

Jerry McClellan said...

Thanks Mike, and excellent counter points.

Anonymous said...

Michael, what makes you think God wrote the bible? The love I have for my boyfriend is as holy and godly as the love you may have for a woman. Amen.

Brad.

chinookbrad said...

Michael, why would so many parents, family, and friends have such dramatic transformations in their beliefs once someone they love comes out? Why do you think the acceptance of homosexuality increases as the level of education increases? Why is it that people who are so quick to shake the bible at someone else seem to be the last people in the world to actually follow the message of Christ, which is tolerance and non-judgement and charity? Why are those same people so quick to jump on an issue that may not affect them - homosexuality - and so conveniently ignore the ones that do, like those listed above, or even pre-marital sex? Hypocrisy is evil - not sex. Pride is evil - not love of someone of your own gender. Let. God. In. It's all He wants.

Jerry McClellan said...

"Why are those same people so quick to jump on an issue that may not affect them - homosexuality - and so conveniently ignore the ones that do, like those listed above, or even pre-marital sex? Hypocrisy is evil - not sex. Pride is evil - not love of someone of your own gender. Let. God. In. It's all He wants."

Brad, you are correct, sex is not evil, but the misuse or illicit practice of sex is evil. You make no sense here though, you say that people should focus on the issues that do matter such as premarital sex, yet the entire premise of homosexuality is based on premarital sex, and not only that but sex with the same gender which compounds the matter. IF you truly let God in, then you would not continue a behavior that He finds sinful, plain and simple.

As far as your assertions about so many families having these dramatic transformations in their beliefs, I find that very difficult to believe. While these families may not out right condemn their gay family member, it doesn't speak to their acceptance of his/her behavior. I have gay family members as well and they know and understand what I know to be right and true, that their lifestyle is not right and contradicts God's will, yet I still demonstrate love for them, not by supporting or accepting their behavior but by telling them the truth about the short-comings of such choices and being available to them when they will need me the most, when the negative consequences of their choices has caught up with them.

chinookbrad said...

Jerry, I wasn't clear, although my real point can't come as a surprise. I have no problem with premarital sex. And I don't for one second think God sees the sex I have with the man I adore as sinful. Plain and simple.

God didn't write the bible.

Jerry McClellan said...

Brad, just because you don't believe it doesn't mean it isn't true. God's word is absolute at its core, it isn't based on our interpretations or on our beliefs. It is based on what God has established from the beginning.

As men and women of God we do what is right, not because it feels good, or because people say it is good, nor do we do right because it is convenient. We do right because it IS right. Because God has established that it is right.

Example: each weekend after church services my aunt walks to my moms home and stays for the remainder of the afternoon, keeping her company. I come by after my churh services myself and when I am ready to leave, I give my aunt a ride home. Now, I don't do this just because my mom asked me to, nor do I do it because my aunt asked me to, I don't even do it because she doesn't have a car and cannot drive. The core reason why I give her a ride home is simple, because it is right. Plain and simple. It is the right thing to do. I know it is right and therefore I do it. There is no immediate benefit to me nor is it at all convenient. It is simply right and that is what ought to motivate any man or woman of God, to do His will because we know it is right. We know it is right because it has been established as right from God almighty.

chinookbrad said...

I would give your aunt a ride home, too, because it is right. I would know this even if I'd never read a bible in my life.

I don't believe the bible is the word of God. Why do you?

jpe said...

Yeah, what chinookbrad said. Christians strike me as fundamentally pathological: without the Bible and their immense fear of hell, they wouldn't do good deeds. Creepy people.

Jerry McClellan said...

Well, jpe, that was quite profound, not. In fact it was incredibly illogical, for you agree that chinookbrad could and would do good without reading the bible, yet you say that Christians would not without the bible. Surely it is possible for one to do good without knowing the bible, whether Christian or not.

My point wasn't that those who don't know the bible do evil, although usually those who do not know God's word will tend towards evil more so than those who do, but it was that Christians are motivated to do what is right based on the knowledge that it is God's will. Anyone can do good deeds, yet good deeds do not make one good nor does it gaurantee a ticket to heaven. Christians do good, not to be good but because it is God's mandate to do good. We understand that it is only His grace and mercy that will allow us to go to heaven, not our good deeds.

Good deeds by Christians is a consequence of salvation through Christ. You do not gain salvation by doing good deeds. We are saved by grace alone through faith alone, both come from God almighty.

Pip said...

If you would be so kind please define "Good" and "Evil"

Jerry McClellan said...

Good is that which falls in line with God's will, His will has been expressed through the commandments(read Deuteronomy) and evil is that which does not fall in line with God's will, basically what goes against God's commandments.

Pip said...

I'm going to ask you to clairify your definitions at little more if you would. Since your ansewers left me with more questions.

Do you limit your source of Gods expressed will to the book of Deuteronomy?

Do you use the whole of the book of Deuteronomy or limit it to just the ten commandments?

If evil is that which does not fall in line with God's will how do you know what goes against God's will?

Thank you for your answers.

Jerry McClellan said...

Pip, to your first question, no.

To the second question, I use the whole bible which gives a complete yet not exhaustive representation of the nature and will of God.

And to your last question, for that answer, you should probably actually read the book of Deuteronomy as well as the rest of scripture, within its proper context I might ad.

Especially Romans chapter 1
But to be specific:
"The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." (Romans 1:18-20)

Each and every individual comes to know what is true and what is not true for God has revealed it to him from the beginning through His creation, through His prophets, and through His word, the bible. We are witnesses to God's truth all around us, by mere observance. There truly is no excuse.

Pip said...

You said that "every individual comes to know what is true and what is not true for God has revealed it to him from the beginning through His creation, through His prophets, and through His word, the bible."

What if two individuals disagree on what has been revealed to them through the bible, how do you reconcile such a conflict?

Jerry McClellan said...

Obviously, someone is wrong or both are wrong, but both cannot be right.

You resolve it by a plain reading of scripture without interjecting ones own opinion into what is clearly and plainly stated. Scripture justifies itself, through consistency between the old and the new testaments and through God's spirit within. Yet and still ultimately God is the final judge all in all.

I must ad though, you do not have to be a Christian to recognize that homosexuality is unnatural, it is plainly seen in the creation itself.In how men and women coexist and work with each other. In how family is naturally structured and formed through procreation. To make something as simple as that more complicated is insane. This world has come to a point of believing something based on how it feels rather than what it truly is.

Jerry McClellan said...

Pip, and to all others who comment here, I must apologize also for the delayed posting of your comments. I have a couple of filters in place which allows me to approve comments. As an assurance, I only do this to filter out spam and other pornographic related posts that I've received in the recent past. For a while it was getting out of control. I hope you will understand that it is by no means an attempt to only allow comments that I agree with, as I hope has been proven by my willingness to dialogue with you all. If at any time one of your comments does not show within a few hours, please by all means send me a direct email to let me know, and include the comment if possible and I will make sure it is posted.

Thanks.

Tom Paine, founding father said...

Yet this is trash that the Church imposes upon the world as the Word of God; this is the collection of lies and contradictions called the Holy Bible! this is the rubbish called Revealed Religion!