Or maybe a couple. :) There have also been rumors and lies spread about the producers and Steve Saint (the son of one of the missionaries killed) over the hiring of a gay actor. Some were spread because of ignorance and others out of a malicious heart. Why are Christians sometimes the ones who hurt fellow Christians the most? It must grieve the Father's heart, much like it grieves mine when my children hurt each other. There is a lesson to be learned here.
If we are walking closely with the Lord, praying for wisdom before we act, and truly striving to be led by the Holy Spirit in all matters, we can prevent things like this from happening.
Another thing to ponder, what kind of message does this send to non-believers? Why would anyone be attracted to Jesus when they see strife and turmoil amongst those who profess to love him? From the heart, the mouth speaks. If we have the love of Christ in our heart, then his love should be flowing from our lips, ministering to others and gently leading them to Christ.
If harsh words and hateful messages are on your tongue, they came from your heart. It's time we really see what's going on in there and how we can become more Christ-like. In this way, others may be drawn to the one who showed mercy and justice by allowing his son to become our atonement.
I'm not casting a stone here. Not at all. This message applies to me as it does to everyone. We all have found ourselves judging someone for something at some point. Sometimes we don't even realize it, but the Holy Spirit will prick our own spirit when we need to see the truth about ourselves and the Truth in a situation.
Brandilyn Collins (a terrific author by the way) posted about this controversy on her blog, Forensics and Faith
. She includes two links: one with answers from the producer and Steve Saint and one for an article well worth reading by Randy Alcorn.
Reading what the producer and Steve have to say is going straight to the source rather than hearsay and Randy makes some awesome points regarding this situation.
As always, please share your thoughts on this post and the one before it even if you disagree. Just remain loving in your responses.