"The End of the Spear," released last weekend, attempts to tell the story of the martyrdoms of 5 missionaries in the Amazonian jungle over 50 years ago.
But how do you tell a story about martyrdoms without tipping your hand as to why they died? How do you tell a story about forgiveness without telling about sin and the real story - the God we've offended? How do you reach unclothed pagans without taking off your clothes? How do you love natives and die for them, without a life and death testimony of love for Christ? And here's the real challenge: how do you get a homosexual to tell the story? Hollywood does the best it can.
Is it really worth watching? We'll give you an answer today's broadcast of Generations, and throw in a few recommendations.
Great Sermon! Thank you so much for this movie review. When I first heard that it was coming out, I suspected the very thing that you and other Christians who had seen it were saying about it. I guess I'm just used to Christians (and even reformed Christians) going ga-ga over anything that the media puts out that even hints at Christianity. Christians have been trained to take their eensy weensy place at the table of ideas, afraid that if they don't support pathetic things like this, they'll get nothing. The reality is, we're getting garbage because we're compromising and expecting garbage. We need to stand up and let people know that Christ owns the 'table of ideas', and everything needs to be done on Scripture's terms. At least the film "Gates of Splendor" shows the real people and tells the truth. It may not have all the pomp and show of Hollywood, but that's not what we're about. We need more Daniels who refuse the King's meat and eat vegetables, trusting that the Lord will sustain them. And we need to be like the three Hebrews who went through the firey furnace with the belief that God could save them; and even if He didn't that they wouldn't bow down to the idols before them. That God would give us such men today. Thank you for your ministry. God bless you.
Kevin Swanson has served as elder and pastor of Reformation Church, OPC since its inception. Kevin was raised on the mission field in Japan in the 1960's and 1970's. Together with his wife Brenda, they are bringing up five children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord....