Reports are true that Keisha Castle-Hughes, the star of “The Nativity” film, coming to theaters for Christmas is pregnant out of wedlock. I’ve already heard from some upset people, and I’ve been asked by a national magazine for a comment. I would love to hear your responses on this one, and in case anyone cares, and thanks to a couple insights from friends – here’s mine:
The fact is, we are all fallen creatures, and there are plenty of TV evangelists and fallen pastors of recent years to show us that people make serious mistakes in life – even in the best of circumstances. But this is a situation with a secular studio with actors of whom most are not believers. But I am thrilled that the world recognized the power of the Biblical story and brought together great filmmakers to give it life on the screen.
I’ve always wondered about Christians who never question the beliefs of plumbers, lawyers, or car dealers. But when it comes to making movies, they expect the actors to be believers. It’s a bit of a double standard. After all, these are actors playing roles. Making a movie is no different from building a house or even a church – do you want all Christian construction workers with average abilities, or do you chose an excellent but non-Christian builder who will build the best building possible?
Hollywood is a business and films are the product they build. I’m sure it was nobody’s first choice (including hers) to get pregnant, but she made the right choice in keeping the child. If there’s one thing the bible teaches us, is that God has chosen time and again that His story is told through imperfect people. Such is the case here.
Frankly, I think this is a huge opportunity to make a great statement about the grace of God. Remember that loved film “Chariots of Fire” which told a remarkably Christian story. But the lead actor that played the Olympic athlete that eventually became a missionary was gay in real life. Likewise, the most successful “Christian” film of all time was directed and produced by a man recently arrested for an alleged drunken, anti-Semitic rant in Los Angeles.
God has now given us a wonderful opportunity to present our case to the world. Obviously, pregnancy out of wedlock is not God’s best for a young couple. But we’re all sinners saved by God’s grace. Rather than condemn, and resort to the legalism and perfectionism the Pharisees exhibited, we can embrace her with the love of God and show the entire culture the power of forgiveness and grace.
Today’s Pharisees have controlled the discussion for far too long. I’d rather follow his example with the woman caught in adultery. Her sin was obvious, and condemnation would have only been redundant. Better to welcome, embrace, and tell her “Go, and sin no more.”