For those of you who missed the Oscars last night, you didn’t miss much. But you did get an opening into the window of Hollywoodism (I use this term to keep from speaking stereotypically about “Hollywood”, knowing that there are some believers who are trying to live for Christ there; I also use the term to denote that it is a religious/theological movement that has Hollywood as its apostles). There was the humorous moment when Steve Martin and Tina Fey took a jab at scientology, when Martin said, “Every tiny seed on Earth was placed here by the alien king Rondalay, to foster our titrates, and fuel our positive transfers,” to which Fey responded, “no one wants to hear about our religion . . . that we made up.”
But for the most part, the message was disturbing. For instance, Kate Winslet also won Best Actress for her role in The Reader, which highlights, among other things, a pedophilic relationship between her character and a 15 year old. The obvious statement of the Academy, however, was for the movie Milk, which won for Best Screenplay and for Best Actor (Sean Penn). Both of their speeches were revealing. Here is Dustin Alan Black, the screenwriter:
But most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he’d want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches, by the government or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights federally, across this great nation of ours. Thank you. Thank you. And thank you, God, for giving us Harvey Milk.
And here is Sean Penn:
And finally, for those, two last finallies, for those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren’s eyes if they continue that way of support. We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone.
And if you missed it, for the Best Picture category there were video collages for each film, in various scenes from each film were shown along with scenes from other Best Picture winners that had the same ideas. For Milk, the Academy selected films such as Braveheart and Ghandi, each highlighting the idea of a person fighting against all odds for the rights and freedom of his people. Really? Harvey Milk is a William Wallace/Ghandi?
Now as irritated as I am at the worldview that I see portrayed on the Oscars, I am saddened by the fact that this is such a religious commitment. The speakers spoke as if this were God’s will, and as if this was a matter of human rights. Now it is absolutely true that God loves homosexuals. He causes the sun to shine on them and the rain to fall on them. And homosexuals are no less created in the image of God than anyone else, and if any homosexual believes on Jesus Christ, he/she will be saved. So on that note, I absolutely agree.
I get off the bus when we link “love” with “approval”. For that is not the case. Consider the fact that God did not witthold his provision from Nazis, terrorists, and countless other groups that commit evil. God’s demonstration of love is not an indication of his approval. Rather, it is an indication that God is slow to wrath and abounding in steadfast love. His goodness ought to lead to repentance, not to brazen rebellion.
If Hollywoodists would like to know about the love of God, they need look no further than to Jesus himself. Jesus’ work on the cross is a demonstration of how detestable sin (including homosexuality) is in the eyes of God, and how deep the love of the Father and the Son is for those who are in sin. This love is not the type that exploits sin for the purpose of gaining another buck (while pretending to care about their god and rights). It is instead a love that has compassion on the sinner and calls for him/her to turn to Christ, be made clean and see the glory of God in the face of Christ. For if you want to truly be gay (re: happy), you must abandon the sin that promises nothing but wrath, and cling to the Christ who promises pleasures forevermore.
Perhaps Hollywoodists will one day abandon their worship of the golden statue, who is no god, and follow the one who has all authority in heaven and on earth, being careful to observe all that he has commanded, rather than vilifying them as shameful.