Even if you got caught up in all the end-of-the-Oscars drama last weekend, you might have missed what the (real) Best Picture winner Moonlight was all about: It’s the story of a man who grows up around drug dealers, is physically abused by people close to him, and questions his own sexual orientation. Along the way, he has moments of normalcy, where those problems fade away for a bit and he can get closer to understanding the world as it is. It’s the kind of story we rarely hear, and that’s why so many people celebrated what happened Sunday night.
Unless you’re Franklin Graham. In that case, all you see is a movie about a gay guy. Which means sodomy. Therefore the entire movie must be condemned.
This weekend’s #Oscars had a big mix-up that we keep hearing about in the media, and some are even speculating that it may have been just a PR stunt. I don’t know about that, but either way, many who had never heard of the film “Moonlight,” which received best picture, have heard of it now. From the reviews I have read, “Moonlight” portrays a young gay African American coming of age and it stereotypes him as violent, a drug dealer, and a convict. Hollywood is notorious for glorifying sin. This is just another example of the LGBT’s agenda to make lifestyle choices that God defines as sin seem more and more culturally acceptable. I warn families and the church — don’t allow your young people to be sucked into Hollywood’s dark plan. We love all people, but we have to be honest about sin’s consequences. Sin is sin — it doesn’t matter if it gets an Oscar or not.
This movie doesn’t glorify homosexuality any more than it glorifies drugs. It doesn’t say any of these things are good. It simply says this is the way things are — and focuses on how one person deals with that reality. We aren’t supposed to hold the main character up as a role model. We’re supposed to empathize with everything he’s going through.
Graham is incapable of doing that. If you’re gay, unless he can put you through some sort of conversion therapy, he wants nothing to do with you. Even if the story you’re telling is powerful enough to overcome every Hollywood expectation of what a Best Picture must be like.
If someone treated the Bible the way Graham treats this movie, cherry picking a single detail as a way to condemn the entire thing, he would be furious and demand you read the whole book (or at least get a better context). But for this movie, Graham won’t even bother watching a trailer.