Review: Audacity - Love can't stay
"For some, the legalization of gay
marriage is good news. While others find it difficult to grasp.
Regardless of what anyone thinks about the issue, gay marriage has
become a present day reality that is spreading across America. Soon, to
one degree or another each of us will have to respond in our own way to
this current cultural revolution."
That question is gently and deftly answered as the movie unfolds. As expected, "Audacity" author and evangelist Ray Comfort adapts and applies his "Way of the Master" evangelism questions and techniques to the timely topic of so called "gay marriage." At about 50 minutes, the movie is a bit of a "tweener": quite a bit longer and more involved than a simple youtube type gospel presentation, yet quite a bit shorter than the average movie which typically runs 90 -120 minutes.
But Comfort manages to pack in
everything that you would expect of a movie from a Christian evangelist:
characters with struggles (both Christian and non-Christian), a
story with a plot line - complete with twists; a number of clear and
persuasive presentations of the gospel, a refutation of negative
identification of unfounded hostility toward Christians from those who are supposed to be
enlightened and tolerate; and
of course a clear unequivocal stand for traditional, one man one woman
marriage and a re-enforcement of the Christian message that we can both
stand for the truth of the Bible and present it in a clear, loving and winsome
1 Love can't be silent when another is in danger
2 Disobedience to God's commands (and sexual disobedience - straight or gay - is but one of those commands) puts you in mortal danger; and mortal danger is but a metaphor for eternal danger; and thus Christians must lovingly speak out.
As the movie unfolds viewers are presented with two variations of the "warning: danger" theme - involving a train and an elevator. Though they won't be as easy to draw on a napkin as the familiar "bridge to life" gospel presentation, these illustrations fit well within verbal presentations, of which Comfort is a master. And as Peter the main character was challenged to move out of his comfort zone, this movie encourages and challenges Christians to stretch themselves and move out of their comfort zone and use these illustrations and "the way of the master" techniques to witness to the truth.
In short, Comfort
has accomplished his goals well: winsomely presenting the biblical
messages of the gospel of salvation; everyone's free will to
live in obedience or disobedience to God's commands in a manner
reminiscent of Moses setting before the Israelites the choice of life or
death before they crossed into the promised land1; biblical and
unbiblical sexuality, and
the consequences for those who choose to ignore the warnings of
those who "can't stay silent." This is a
must see movie for every Christian who wants to be obedient to
great commission and be a more effective witness; as well as for every non-Christian: for
even if you've heard the gospel before, this
movie will surely challenge (if not dispel) a number of common misconceptions held by non-believers (and
perhaps believers as well).
Duane Caldwell | posted 7/15/2015
The movie appropriately points out what being "drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them" (v. 17) means:
"An idolater is someone who makes up a god in their own
image. It's a violation of the first and the second of the ten
commandments, where God says, number one, you shall have no other gods
before me. And the second commandment says don't make yourself a graven
image or a false god. We tend to make up a god in our minds that we can
feel comfortable with. A god who doesn't mind adultery or fornication,
homosexuality, lying and stealing. And we cuddle up to that snuggly
little god we feel comfortable with, but it's not the God we have to
face on judgment day."