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Monday, January 30, 2006

Acting the Fool?

I heard an interview with Todd Friel and Chad Allen, lead actor in End of the Spear. Allen and "Spear" are in the midst of controversy as Allen, who is very vocal about homosexuality, is playing the role of a Christian missionary.

Allen was asked about his worldview. He explained, "I believe in the relationship I have with God." He stated that he grew up Catholic, but explored Buddism, Hinduism and Native American religions before returning Christianity. But when Friel asked how he came to his conclusions, Allen explained that he simply searches his own heart, which he trusts far more than Scripture.

As he continued, it became obvious that he does not believe that Christ is the exclusive means to God. When Friel questioned him regarding John 14:6, Allen responded, "That's not my understanding. But it works for you so it is right for you." Allen explained that it is more important that your faith is strong and sincere than it is to determine the object of your faith. In his words, God is "bigger than right or wrong."

Friel explained that the Christian worldview requires that faith placed in the grace of God through the atoning work of Christ is the only way to receive salvation. Allen was excited for Friel, telling him, "Cherish it. Bless it. Spread it. Run with it. It's not our job to take it to each other and say, 'You must believe what I believe.'"

So in summary, it appears that Allen believes that He needed Jesus to die for his sins (although that may be assuming too much. He may define Christian in another way.), but he does not believe all people need to believe this? He believes the gospel is a beautiful message, though not necessary for everyone. He basically believes in being a Christian without a mission.

Is that even possible?

If I believe that others don't need to repent of their sin and trust Christ with their life, do I really have faith in Christ? If I believe it is about the sincerity of faith and not the object of faith, isn't my faith in my faith, and not in Christ?

Ironically, Allen seems to believe that the story of the Nate and Steve Saint is a noble one. However, in practical application, wouldn't he say that Nate died unnecessarily, and his son took the same risk without reason. Let the tribe continue to believe what they believe. As long as they are sincere, I'm sure God will be alright with them. Rather than admitting he portrayed a noble man, shouldn't he explain, that from his perspective, he played the part of a fool.


  • At 5:29 PM, Anonymous natty said…

    what did you think of the movie as a whole? would you recommend it?

  • At 5:35 PM, Anonymous sarah said…

    yes yes answer natty's question :)

  • At 6:52 PM, Blogger danny2 said…

    i haven't seen it yet. but daniel loved it.

  • At 10:38 PM, Blogger Gary Underwood said…

    Here's a glowing recommendation - a very good movie. Good thoughts Danny!


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