Here is an article from ChristianityToday.com concerning actor Chad Allen's role in the movie End of the Spear: Christian Studio Explains Hiring of Gay Actor - Christianity Today Movies.
End of the Spear is a movie retelling the events of five missionaries who were killed trying to make contact with an isolated tribe in South America. Chad Allen plays the roles of Nate and Steve Saint. The problem is that Chad is openly gay.
This article attempts to look at both sides of the issue. I like where it ends up, but some of the things in it are sad. Why should Chad Allen have to be concerned that money from the film would be used against the homosexual community? Is this really the example of God's love that people in the homosexual community should experience?
I was saddened by Chad's concern. No one should ever have to feel that way. Unfortunately they do, though.
I think the biggest challenge for the 21st Century church is to demonstrate God's love to adherents of other religions and to the homosexual community. We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. The story Jesus used to back up that statement was about a Samaritan. Samaritans were hated and despised by the Jewish community. This has plenty to say to the Christian community about our relationship to the "others."