I went to the movie Bohemian Rhapsody last night and it was one of the best movies I have ever seen. The movie did what a great movie does; it makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think, and it entertains you. If Rami Malek, the lead actor that portrays Freddie Mercury, doesn’t win all kinds of awards I would be stunned. I don’t know if Rami is gay, but if he is not, his performance is all the more amazing.
I don’t watch the news, and I do not pay much attention to any media outlets, so maybe this is already going on – but if not, I would expect there to be quite a bit of discussion about this movie. As I thought about the movie and this post all day today, I was thinking, this will be my first post that is sure to upset the “religious right” (as they have come to be known as), the “political left”, and the “socially liberal”.
The movie does a fantastic job illustrating the start of Queen, the perseverance and passion of a young man, the rise of a mega band, and the transition in to the homosexual lifestyle of Freddy Mercury.
The “religious right” seem to spend much time denouncing homosexuality – so they will no doubt have plenty to say about this movie. I would also expect them to ask me, a Christian, “how I could ever go to a movie like that?”
I would like to examine this hypocrisy. To abstain from ever going to a movie that was completely void of sin would be impossible. We are bombarded with sin in our culture and in our movies – murder, fornication, adultery, stealing, lying, violence, profanity – and yes, homosexuality. The Godfather was a huge movie, yet I don’t remember any outcry about the murder portrayed. Titanic was also a big box office hit, yet I don’t remember any outcry about the fornication in that movie. Yet, when it comes to homosexuality the claws come out.
God’s standard to enter Heaven is perfection. It is like a perfect crystal-clear mirror; you can’t just put a little crack in a perfect mirror without destroying the entire mirror. Therefore, a sinner simply needs to know that they have sinned against God, their Creator. If a person has lied, hell is what they have earned. God is a perfect and holy Judge that must punish sin. If you’ve stolen anything hell is right for you.
A sinner needs to be warned to re-think their position on sin and sins consequence. If all liars and thieves deserve hell – we are all in trouble, right? If that isn’t enough to cover everyone, if you have used the Lord’s Name in any irreverent way, or dishonored your parents, you are also deserving of eternal punishment. Have we covered everyone yet? You must make an honest assessment, have you ever sinned? DO NOT SAY, “Of course, everyone has!” HAVE YOU SINNED, Yes OR NO? If a person is not convinced they have sinned against God, or that the consequences of their sin is eternal hell there is nothing else that can be said to them. If a person does not change their mind about this reality, they will die in their sin. Jesus commanded us to repent, that means “re-think”, “change your mind”.
If I have come in from a long day in the hot sun and see a cooler of water bottles I would grab a bottle and think, “oh, this is going to feel good”. As I am opening the bottle someone intervenes and says, “hold on, that water has poison in it, drink it and you’ll die”. My mind has changed, the water bottle no longer looks refreshing, and there is no way I am drinking it. The truth is, when your mind changes, everything changes. If I am convinced that all _________ will go to hell, I will quit _________.
Even if I quit sinning from this moment on, I still have a problem. I have already sinned, and all sin and all sinners must be punished. If I was going 80 mph in a 30 mph zone, I deserve a ticket. If I said to the police officer, “don’t give me a ticket, I promise I won’t speed any more”, they’d say, “that’s great, but this ticket is for the speeding you have already done, not for what you ‘won’t do’ in the future. The penalty for the crime already committed must be paid! That’s why we need a Savior. We need someone to rescue us from the consequences of sin. There is only One Savior and that is Jesus. The sin of the world was put on Him on His Cross and the Wrath of God was poured out on Him in full measure. When you trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior God doesn’t forget your sin. A judge that sweeps crime under the rug is a corrupt judge – God is not corrupt, He’s perfect. When you trust in Jesus as Lord you are trusting in His finished work on the Cross to pay the sin debt you owe. In addition to Jesus becoming sin for you, He imputes His Righteousness to you – it’s a legal transaction, you are reconciled and redeemed in the Blood of Jesus.
When a person becomes a Christian, they have repented and believe the Good News of redemption in Christ alone, they are changed. Jesus changes them.
So, to the “religious right” I would say, I just presented the Gospel and did not need to address a person’s sexuality. When God saves a person, He does not leave them alone to keep sinning, He convicts them of their sin and gives them the desire and power to turn from that sin – including sexual sin.
To, the social liberal I would say, yes, homosexuality is sin just like any other sin. That doesn’t mean I don’t think the urge is not real to the homosexual – of course the urge is real, just like the urge to fornicate is real to the single heterosexual – but both are sin none the less. You will not die in your sin because you are homosexual - you will die in your sin because you have lied, stolen, blasphemed, dishonored your parents, and have rejected the One who died to save you. Lest you repent and believe the Gospel you will die in your sin and go to hell. I share this because I love you, but most importantly, God loves you.