“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” –John 7:24
On Friday, March 16, 2018, two movies were introduced nationwide. One was a wholesome faith based move, I Can Only Imagine, telling the story of a son learning to forgive an abusive father. From the pain and suffering of his childhood, Bart Millard grew up to write a song that has inspired millions. To date, it is the most played contemporary Christian song of all time.
The other movie introduced on March 16, was a vile, and youth corrupting romantic comedy drama, Love, Simon. Billed as a modern day love story, the narrative is as old as Sodom and Gomorra. The homosexual Simon is marketed as a “hero”, a word that is rapidly losing meaning in the trophy world mentality of today. Simon has a secret, which he wants to share with the world, so that it is a secret no more.
Such is the nature of evil, meaning, injurious behavior to self and others. Evil cannot keep silent. Evil is militant. It must not only shout its aberrant behavior from the rooftops, and on the silver-screen, evil demands social acceptance from the state, and the church. It is this social acceptance which the true church of the Lord Jesus Christ must never give, if it is to maintain a message of hope and redemption, from the power and pollution of sin.
Homosexuality is a lifestyle choice, for which, those who practice it, are damned, according to Christian theology based on the Word of God, the Bible. It is a behavior which is against nature. It is a defiant manifestation of the heart and mind that openly rebels against God, who made humans male and female.
Homosexuals make a mockery of the institution of marriage whereby Jesus Christ united Adam and Eve together, not Adam and Steve. Homosexuals lie to one another, and to themselves, by pretending to be united in the holy state of matrimony when they are, in reality, in an unholy state of decadence and perversion. The word marriage is without true meaning. It is a monstrous lie of sensual selfishness that makes the angels weep, and the devils in hell dance in delight, as the grave yawns wider to receive these many lost souls.
Simon is not gay, he is not innocent, he is not in love with righteousness, he is a self-centered young man, with a glib tongue, that has talked himself into embracing a lifestyle that defies all that is decent, holy, just, and good.
The world will support, applaud, and reward all those involved in the godless production Love, Simon. That is to be expected. People think there is safety in numbers. There is not. In the Day of Judgment each person will stand alone to give an account for the things done in their bodies, and the words they have spoken. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” (2 Cor. 5:10)
The world thinks that “might makes right.” Because Liberals, for the moment, control Hollywood, they believe they can say, and do, whatever they please. The world has a large appetite for perversion, and corruption of morals, and manners, but then the moral compass of the universe bends back in a corrective measure.
Faith based movies are a small part of this morally corrective effort, an effort which should be wholly supported by the Christian community. It is the will of the Lord. Christian Fundamentalism would have the church remove itself from the movie theater. Christ would have Christians exercise dominion over the theater, and bring it under the Lordship of Jesus.
Those who support the movie, I Can Only Imagine, will not be disappointed. It is the type of movie, that at one time, in the Golden Age of Hollywood, would have won an Oscar. There is an inspiring story line, wonderful music, gentle humor, talented actors, and realistic dialogue.
Here, there is the tale of two movies. One will corrupt the soul, and drag it down to the depths of depravity, the other movie, will raise the soul beyond self to heaven itself. A person will leave the theater after watching the story of Bart Millard unfold, to sing his song of praise, and to say with him, “I can only imagine.”
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Phil. 4:8)