Pass The Light
MPAA Rating: PG
Not Rated at time of screening. Cameron Palatas, Alexandria Duerry. Teen drama. Written by Victor Hawks. Directed by Malcolm Goodwin. Exclusive theatrical releases begin 2/6/15, and by way of digital downstream across multiple media and portals through DigiNext’s unique Direct-to-Consumer (DtoC) release platform.
FILM SYNOPSIS: Pass the Light tells the story of Steve Bellafiore, a 17-year-old high school senior who decides to run for Congress in order to promote the one law of the Christian faith that often is ignored – love one another. His opponent is running on a platform that is exclusionary and anti-gay. Young Steve sees this as unloving and therefore destructive.
PREVIEW REVIEW: I couldn’t help but see this film as being more socially PC than biblically espousing. It’s about embracing those who feel like outsiders. That’s good. But the message is unclear concerning the acceptance of a practice the Bible says is wrong.
Most Christian writers would just as soon avoid addressing homosexuality altogether due to the fact that it is considered politically incorrect to take any stance other than that demanded by gay activists. Trust me, I thought long and hard before writing this review, which is admittedly more commentary than critique. But here goes.
Though there are gay characters in the film, they are not shown in sexual situations. Had the film shown any such couplings, it might have made the filmmaker’s argument more difficult, because, quite frankly, same sex is unnatural to most heterosexuals. Right or wrong, lots of heterosexuals go “ick” at the sight of two men kissing. Perhaps in centuries to come mankind will be oblivious to any and all sexual activity, but we are in that awkward stage of “evolution.” It’s still difficult for many of us to comprehend same-sex fulfillment. Practitioners of that lifestyle refer to themselves as “gay,” but that label fails to clarify how one finds gratification within that practice. If I were to describe how men complete that sex act, some might say I was being too graphic and inappropriate for a film review. Indeed, about now you may be asking, “Why the sermon in a film review?”
Simply said, Pass the Light seems to be avoiding the true issue. How do we show a caring heart for gays while clearly stating we believe that sexual act is sinful? The book we Christians direct our lives by speaks clearly about homosexuality in both the Old and New Testaments. To accept homosexuality means to ignore verses in the Bible. Some would be pleased if we simply removed those verses from the Bible.
If we did remove them, does anybody think the rewriting of God’s Word would end there? This is a concern for those of us who believe the entire Bible to be the inspired Word of God. Now there’s the movie that should be made.
“Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable,” (Leviticus 18:22).
“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another…Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion…They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless,” (Romans 1:24-30).
“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God,” (1 Corinthians 6:9).
Kind of hard to ignore this subject when it keeps popping up throughout Scripture. Yet that seems to be what we are supposed to do by those who don’t believe the Bible is God’s Word. And it makes sense to many Christians who don’t read the Word, or really believe it.
Personally, I don’t care what others do in their bedroom. That’s between them, their mates and their God. But I object when I’m told I must join the parade by fighting for a way of life that demands I turn my back on a biblical commandment.
That said, upon examination of those verses and surrounding ones, it becomes clear that homosexuality is not all that's abhorrent to our Heavenly Father. In fact, we are all blameworthy of some infraction.
That will not appease gay activists, I understand. For that statement implies that homosexuality is a sin. Gay activists don’t see it that way. Puts us in a rather difficult position, doesn’t it?
Those desiring to develop their Christian walk soon find themselves ashamed of their disobedience to God. We don't parade our peccadilloes. We are not proud of our transgressions. Nor do we try to convince society to accept them. With God's help we will conquer these faults. With His mercy, we will be forgiven them.
I think Pass the Light is attempting to tell movie viewers that we should leave the judging to God and follow what Jesus said were the two most important commandments – love God and love one another. Seems to me, if we attempt to prioritize those two commandments, we’ll accomplish the true goal of our faith – not just to be right, but, more importantly, to point others in the direction of God’s mercy and Christ’s sacrifice. And if we somehow feel superior to someone else, then we probably aren’t.
Ultimately, Believers are going to have to take a stand. And here’s my reason for sermonizing. Be careful of the messages in films; what may seem just may, below the surface, be spiritually untrue.
Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Vision Vehicle Productions
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Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None
Other: ome family strife, caused mainly by the head of the family having lost his job; the film does contain strong biblical themes and contains an important line: “Everyone sins, it’s how you deal with it that counts.”
Running Time: 112 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Up
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