The Academy Awards had come and gone and as always , with a great deal of hype. Now let me say many of you may disagree with what I have to say but I request you consider it honestly. After winning his award Mathew McConaughey made huge headlines for “Thanking God” for giving him the ability to accomplish all he has. I have to admit, on the surface, this seems like a great thing. Someone making sure to give God the glory for their success and abilities, seems like something all Christians should do.
Let’s look at this a little further. Consider what McCoughnahey is using his talents for. In considering this I would like to present to you the plots for two of his most recent movies below
Dallas Buyers Club: Rated R for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, nudity and drug use
- A son of Texas, Ron Woodroof is an electrician and rodeo cowboy. In 1985, he is well into an unexamined existence with a devil-may-care lifestyle. Suddenly, Ron is blindsided by being diagnosed as H.I.V.-positive and given 30 days to live. Yet he will not, and does not, accept a death sentence.
- His crash course of research reveals a lack of approved treatments and medications in the U.S., so Ron crosses the border into Mexico. There, he learns about alternative treatments and begins smuggling them into the U.S., challenging the medical and scientific community including his concerned physician, Dr. Eve Saks
- An outsider to the gay community, Ron finds an unlikely ally in fellow AIDS patient Rayon (Gotham Independent Film Award winner Jared Leto), a transsexual who shares Rons lust for life. Rayon also shares Rons entrepreneurial spirit: seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, they establish a buyers club, where H.I.V.-positive people pay monthly dues for access to the newly acquired supplies. Deep in the heart of Texas, Rons pioneering underground collective beats loud and strong. With a growing community of friends and clients, Ron fights for dignity, education, and acceptance. In the years following his diagnosis, the embattled Lone Star loner lives life to the fullest like never before.
Magic Mike: Rated R for pervasive sexual content, brief graphic nudity, language and some drug use
- When your life is a fantasy, how do you deal with reality?
- As a male stripper, Magic Mike (Channing Tatum) has everything he could ever want parties that last all night, hot girls and superfluous money. He takes a younger performer under his wing, teaching him the ropes on how to be the best. As he keeps at the top of the game in the clubs, Mike struggles with trying to develop a relationship with a girl he really likes. Will he have to choose between his dream world and real life?
Now ask yourself, how can anybody involved in films like the two above give God the glory for anything. These two films glamorize sin and the first tries to get you to root for a character who is involved in all kinds of sinful activity and is blatantly disobeying the law. The fact that he would give God the credit for allowing him to be good at glamorizing sin is offensive to me and should be to everyone. This is not the type of person I as a Christian want to hold up and have supposedly represent the same God I represent and serve. In my mind, if he were truly thankful for the gifts he was given he would use them and his influence in the world to promote righteousness and not sin. Before you take the time to thank this man for his speech, take them time to consider his actions. You may find yourself speaking a different tune.
Never forget, people who truly appreciate and thank God for what He has done for them follow the teachings of the verses below and not the actions of one Mattherw McCaughnehey
1 Cor 10:31 “31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Col 3:17 “17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”