Matthew McConaughey is Not My Hero

Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar. And, boy, are Christians happy about it. I mean, Christians are jumping up and down for this Texas boy for his big win because he actually thanked God in his acceptance speech. He did, he gave God credit and he thanked his wife like he should and he gave a rambling speech that really made me wonder why they weren’t starting up the music to cut him off. They let Matthew talk for almost four minutes, and the clip of his speech is all over the internet.

Christians are so proud.

And, I can’t blame us. I mean, how often do we hear a major celebrity, an Oscar winner, no less, identifying with us? How often do we get that kind of star power in our corner? It almost makes us seem sort of cool and legitimate.

I liked his speech, although I thought it was a little heavy on the Matthew McConaughey. He’s chasing a hero, who is himself in ten years? Really? But, no matter. He mentioned God and that’s all that counts. It obviously shows that he loves the Lord and lives his life for Him and we will all be fans of his forever because of this speech.

But, there’s one tiny issue with setting Matthew McConaughey up as our next great Christian idol. And, the problem is the movie he won the Oscar for. And pretty much every other movie he’s ever made.  (Anyone remember a little film called Magic Mike?) According to pluggedin.com, Dallas Buyer’s Club opens with McConaughey’s character having sex with two girls at the same time in a rodeo stall.  That’s only the beginning of the explicit sexual content in the movie.  In addition to the nudity, masturbation, and pornography, the film contains over 100 f-words and God’s name is used as a curse word over 20 times.

Matthew McConaughey made this movie, which he was rewarded by Hollywood for making, which goes out into our society and poisons the hearts and minds of our men, women, and young people.  And then he gets up to accept his award for making filth that turns hearts away from God, and he thanks God for the opportunity, and Christians applaud him as if he has done something incredible.

We have got to get over our obsession with celebrity and start making connections between what people say and what they actually do.  It is never going to be a good thing for Christianity for us to hold these celebrities up as examples of what a Christian should be.  If we want to show the world examples of Christianity that should make us cheer, it’ll be our faithful pastors, our grandmothers who have lived quiet sacrificial lives, our friends who would lay down their lives for us, the teachers who go to school every day and live out the commands to love the unlovable and to value every life.

Not Matthew McConaughey.  I’m sure he’s a fun guy to hang around with, and I bet he’s a great dad and probably a really good actor.  But he is not the next great champion for Christianity.

And that’s probably why I’m not a member of the Academy.  Thank you, and good night.

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Comments

  1. hope says

    This blog is exactly the reason why we as Christians are not more influential and effective in our world. Way to go! By the way as it turns out several things he said during his speech spoke to me. AND that is why you are NOT my hero.

    • says

      hope opines: This blog is exactly the reason why we as Christians are not more influential and effective in our world.”
      Absolutely false. The power is in the proclamation of Christ and Him crucified. Foolishness to men. The church’s nauseating whoredom with the world as most purely exemplified by that abomination in California is why Christians have no real impact. We have neutered the gospel with the very pollution were supposed to be fighting.

      hope opines: Way to go! By the way as it turns out several things he said during his speech spoke to me.”
      Here’s the trouble. Christians are commanded to live in and by the word of God. That means the bible, NOT what Hope finds inspiring. God doesn’t care what speaks to you. He doesn’t care what speaks to me either btw. He cares what HE speaks. See? He’s God n we ain’t. HE tells US what Christians look like. HE tells US what is pleasing to him. Isn’t that nice of Him? You don’t have to guess. All you have to do is daily ask Him and read His word and you will know. Of all the things Matthew McConaughey may have in his life, a credible Christian testimony is not among them.

      He may wind up in heaven, that’s not my call. I pray that he does, but as of today? His blood is on my hands if I lie to him and tell him that his life of filth and blasphemy has any fruit of the Spirit of God whatsoever. THAT is the biblical truth. If you don’t like it, find a religion without these pesky scriptures in your way.

  2. says

    Wow! Your article really stirred things up, didn’t it? Take heart, Melissa, and be encouraged. This kind of reaction frequently happens when the enemy is threatened or the lukewarm are brought under conviction. Thank you for your boldness to speak the Truth. Stand strong, press on, and keep writing!

    Some may think I completely insensitive,
    over the top in what I believe,
    but the truth of the matter is
    it’s the Truth of the matter – His
    for which I live and write and speak . . .

    so if my walk with Jesus offends you,
    it’s unfortunate, but I don’t apologize
    because the Word is my defense
    and if Jesus Christ is a Rock of offense,
    when I represent Him well,
    then so am I.

    Cheri Henderson

  3. Michele Smith says

    I am glad he thanked God. In all things, glory to God. Is he my hero, no. But I do respect him for saying it in front of so many who are doubters. Maybe, it was God’s way to get someone to look at themselves differently. Maybe, it wasn’t even about Matthew at all. God does work in mysterious ways.

  4. Wanda Elliott says

    I am sadden that you judge him for the things he has done. I am wondering why you are still on earth if you are so perfect. Judge not lest you be judged.

  5. Carla says

    We are all a work in progress. I am not where I need to be but praise God I am not where I was before. All of us are at different stages in our walk with God.

  6. Jazz says

    Wonderful blog! I absolutely agree and I hope the Holy Spirit is working in Matthews life right now.
    It’s interesting reading some of these comments, there is definitely two sides that disagree. I also find it interesting that the comments that oppose this blog are really misusing scripture. They are also using strong writing that suggests they are pretty irritated at the judgment being passed on this guy, when he deliberately THANKED GOD for his success in a very ungodly film.
    God does not condone sin AT ALL and the fact that Matthew THANKED him for the oscar he won through blatant sin is USING HIS NAME IN VAIN.
    “Thou shall not use the lords name in vain” everyone knows the 10 commandments.
    Judgment is not a sin. UNRIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT is.
    The bible is VERY clear about this.
    You just need to take the time to read it and understand it.
    we are called to SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE. There was nothing in this blog that seemed hateful or mean spirited. There was however a healthy dose of truth.

    • says

      Amen Sir! Very good indeed. I also do hope that this man is being drawn by the Holy Spirit. Sincerely I do. We’ll some indication that it’s true when he no longer “performs” in horribly sinful corrupt entertainment media. Christians are at war with their sin according to the 7th of Romans. McConaughey is tragically celebrating his and blasphemously thanking God for it. This conversation is really sumthin else. I just cannot BELIEVE how far we have fallen in just my lifetime.

  7. says

    Dallas Buyers Club, the movie you reference as being “filth”, is based upon a true story. Clearly you haven’t seen it, or your Christian values would surely have felt a twinge of humanity for a character who was doing his best, in his own way, to help people afflicted with an incurable disease have access to treatment and a better quality of life, and yes, while making a buck or two in the process. This film is not just about sex and disease and profiteering….it is about relationships between humans, putting aside prejudice, and finding your way when the deck is stacked against you. So he’s not your hero. I’m guessing he can live with that. And while not all of his films have been art, you really ought to watch this one. But then, there are gay people in it…

    • says

      The movie is filth and the church is nowhere told to learn lessons in godliness from the world. The following was to somebody else, but applies here. It makes no difference what some immoral actor can live with. What matters is what saith the Lord and we know what the Lord saith from the scriptures.

      NOwhere in the whole of scripture do we find any precedent for the mortally dangerous practice of looking to the unregenerate for theology, philosophy or morality. We never find God saying to Israel:

      “thus saith the Lord your God who took you by the hand to lead out of the land of Egypt. Thou shalt surely make regular journeys in return to the land of your bondage that thou mayest observe my working in them by the art of their hearts and hands and be thou greatly edified thereby. Thou shalt sit at the feet of their wise men and learn wisdom as if from me. When it hath come to pass that thou hast exterminated the heathen from the land of Canaan that I have promised to your fathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob, thou shalt surely preserve all their soothsayers and sorcerers alive, along with the sculptor and scribe lest the high contributions to your learning of me be lost with them.”

      I don’t see that.
      Neither do I see Paul telling Timothy:

      “Timothy my beloved son in the faith. Preparest thyself, for at the 5th hour I shall gather thee for a night at the amphitheater so that thou mayest observe the revelries and whoredoms of this city of idols that thou mayest be taught and strengthened thereby. Oh yeah-est, All that stuff I wrote to the saints at Corinth in the first part of my first letter to them? You know, about the world and it’s wisdom and the gospel being necessarily foolish to them? And about how they CANNOT understand the things of the Lord because they are spiritually discerned and they don’t have the Spirit? You know. All THAT stuff? I didn’t really mean it.”

      If sin was required for the production of that media, then your paying to consume it IS the financing of that sin. If you see it for free, you’re a thief. Even if you COULD see it for free, your participation is hypocrisy unless you would be willing to sin with them in it’s production. In which case hypocrisy is avoided but at the cost of being in sin in conscience at the point of production. The one thing that is NOT possible is to participate in this without sin. Most of the people I meet just plug their ears, tell me I’m a “troll” and do what they want. Fine, but ARE living a life of sinful abuse of those you are commanded to love as yourself. You ARE promoting and financing their judgement. You can talk at me until Jesus descends from heaven with a shout and the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God, but you will never EVER escape this truth.

  8. Brooke Stierwalt says

    I like this. I was taught that the whole meaning of christian is being CHRIST LIKE. There is NOTHING Christ like about that movie. I think it takes LOADS of courage to post this, and I appreciate that you did post it.

  9. James H says

    Here’s a great take on Matthew McConaughey and his Oscar speech:
    http://blog.acton.org/archives/66453-mcconaughey-oscar-acceptance-begs-question.html

    McConaughey and his wife have been seen attending church together, both near their home in Austin and at the Cannes Film festival. … By what standard is McConaughey defining the heroic? He’s not defining it by his actual future self, since each time he arrives ten years later, he’s not yet his hero. There’s some other standard he’s using as a template for envisioning the future hero he aspires to be. What is that template? … since the actor went out of his way to thank God, was raised a Methodist, and has been attending Mass with his wife, his heroic ideal might even have lurking behind it someone more personal—the one man in history ever to perfectly embody the heroic ideal.
    ————————————–
    Maybe, instead of judging… oops, sorry… discerning where MM needs to be in his faith, we should be worried about how we compare to the heroic, and divine, ideal that is Jesus Christ.

    • says

      James H. “McConaughey and his wife have been seen attending church together, both near their home in Austin and at the Cannes Film festival”
      Oh he has a wife that he betrays and dishonors and reproaches in these movies too? That’s even worse. And if she goes along with it for money because It’s “just acting” then this couple are the poster children for what is killing this country and are heightening their judgement every time a mention of God falls from their lips.

      The devil will take you to church himself James. Pick you up and drive. As long as you do NOT surrender that heart and life to the transforming work of God in Christ. These people are getting worse the more you bible free liberals try to defend them.

      You are helping damn them, not save them. Hollywood is owned and operated by the forces of darkness. It IS today’s Babylon. Come out from her and be ye separate is the command. His movies are pornographic blasphemous filth and those who partake of that filth are filthy themselves. Whether anybody likes that or not is not my problem. The time for being cute n cuddly n nice n warm an fuzzy is long past. That beast has it’s hook so far the down the churche’s throat it’ll take a sovereign act of almighty God Himself to free her.

      Whatever this is you’re preachin James it ain’t the gospel.

  10. Concerned human being says

    Too bad you couldn’t spend all that time passing judgement, and used this time to volunteer your Christian time to a worthy cause. By your merely bringing it up sours your whoe message. Sad. May be too much for you to understand. Simply put, It’s easier to love than perpetuate hate.

  11. says

    Duly noted that actors and actresses should never realistically portray persons outlined in the Bible or they must forfeit their “Christian Card”. Accurately portraying characters from the Bible would force them to take the Lord’s name in vain, fornicate, take multiple wives, practice infanticide in an entire town because one of them may be the baby prophesized to be the Messiah, take pleasure in sodomy, torture people in ways that are too horrendous to imagine, rape, seduce for power…shall I continue? There are no events that can be more horrific that many of the ones depicted in the Bible. I haven’t seen the movie, but I do know that it portrays someone who committed sins and paid a price for it by contracting a horrific disease. I don’t feel we can judge him as to whether or not he is a Christian because of roles he plays in movies depicting events that really happen in our world today. If he accurately played the part of Tiberius Caesar during the last days of Christ it would have been an even viler role.

  12. R Potter says

    I am not a Christian, but I often read about religions other than my own, because I want to learn about all faiths and try to look at different viewpoints.
    Frankly, if all that I knew about Christianity was what I read here, I would think of it as a very judgmental, ultra-critical, narrow-minded, negative, “we’re better than everybody else” faith. Luckily I know from not just reading but also my friendships that this is not true. But the image that some of y’all project, viewed from the outside, is pretty off-putting and pretty far from what I’ve been told that Jesus stands for.

  13. Jessica says

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Funny how you’re “shaming” someone who says that we should not be judgmental of one another and leave that up to God. But when you get a direct line to God and can help Him make all the decisions, I guess you get to be judgmental that way, and put down people who think differently. Interesting.

  14. Wondering says

    Did King David look like a Christian…did Paul look like a Christian…did Mary Magdalene look like a Christian…do ANY of us look like Christians? It is people like you, expecting nothing but perfection in order to praise God, who turn so many away from the faith. We all sin and fall short…or did you miss that part while reading the Bible? You don’t know how God deals with the hearts of others.

  15. Hilary says

    Are you aware of the Great Apostasy that the Bible talks about? We are watching it before our very eyes. Many are being duped into believing the wrong things about salvation, about the Cross, about Christ because it has been watered down by accepting things like this; that someone can make filth and blaspheme God’s name, slap a God thanks on it, and call it good. Christians are accepting so much of what the enemy is handing over. My anger is not about expecting perfection out of Christians, my anger is over Christians labeling anything good as long as someone uses the word God with no meaning, no value, no reverence – then speaking up against those who are trying, like the author of this blog, to use discernment and stay true to the Word of God for what He said, not for what we want it to say. If God says this stuff is offensive, then we should too. Slapping a god sticker on it does not make it pleasing to Him. If it isn’t pleasing to Him, it shouldn’t be to us. My point is that Christians are losing their spines and falling for anything. Quit calling out brothers and sisters in Christ with the condemnation of perceived condemnation and thank God that they care that His Name is Worthy and true and righteous and Holy!

  16. Sanctified says

    Well said, Hilary! yes there are plenty of people in the Bible with sin issues… But David was a man after God’s own heart because he repented and turned from his sin not kept wallowing in it. There is a big difference.

  17. Jessica jones says

    Awesome comment! The majority of the rest of the comments on this feed make me sick. It’s a stark realization of how shallow American Christianity is. “Judge not lest you be judged!” I almost want to vomit when I hear that these days, always out of context. Thanks. :-)

  18. RS says

    Just like slapping a judgmental sticker on MM is repulsive to both Christians and non Christians alike! You do not always “assume” the worst about people. You know what “they say” about that. And in this case I am sorry to say that it has made you to look like one.

  19. Lindsay says

    I have to say, I can’t resist being happy to hear an actor as famous as Matthew McConahay give God credit, (although I heard he didn’t mention Jesus). I admit that I never watch the Oscars and I haven’t seen the interview, but I will try to watch it online now. I’m a new Christian and I know that it took me quite a while to begin to reconcile the way I was living with my newfound faith. Maybe that’s what’s going on with him. I think we should sit back and give him a chance. I feel like positive comments made to him and about him will do much more to encourage him in his newfound faith than condemnation. My first time ever making a comment. Please y’all, be kind!

  20. Hazilrane says

    That’s not what I’m reading here. Ppl upset at the Arthur aren’t saying we KNOW he IS a Christian. We are saying you don’t know and CANT know, he’s NOT!!!

  21. Karen Campbell says

    Amen to your comments and Amen to this Blogger who stood up, for what was right.

    First of all, where does anyone get the idea he is a Christian? He referenced “god” but he never referenced Christ, or Jesus! To be a Christian means to confess that CHRIST lives within you…not just God.(Colossians 1:27)

    THAT folks takes a little more courage! And he did not mention Jesus.

    Now anyone can say I serve God…yeah well my question is…WHAT IS YOUR GOD’S Name? Cause my God is named Jehovah, YHWH, and his only begotten son is named Jesus, and he is the Christ the living son of the living God.

    My God’s word says, but they’re fruits you shall know them too…(Matthew 7:16 & 20) and his fruits (his labors) say, He likes doing movies with filth, that is the equivalent to porn movies, which requires him to be naked with someone other than his wife, or is looking on another woman naked that is not his wife, and MY God’s word strongly instructs us not to do that and calls it ADULTERY! Pro_6:27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Mat_5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

    BE NOT DECEIVED!!! 1Co_6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
    Heb_13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
    Jas_4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

    Folks, if you get excited at this man’s pathetic claim to love God, God help you when Jesus shows up! You’ll die of a heart attack and miss the rapture!

    This man’s life, and the movies he chooses to be a part of speak for themselves that this man is no more a Christian than satan himself is. He is part of the MANY deceived that call themselves part of the Body of Christ but are actually part of the Whore of Babylon mentioned in Revelations which is the FALSE “church” claiming espousal to Jesus, but Jesus never asked, nor is Jesus in her midst!

    Rev_18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
    Rev_18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

    What is the Whore of Babylon guilty of? Adultery, fornication and idolatry, which all fit well into the movies HE CHOOSES to be a part of!

    A Christian is NEVER supposed to be found guilty of this!!

    MANY will call on the name of Jesus and say, Lord I was a Christian…and he will say I NEVER KNEW YOU! (Matthew 7:23)

    For those of you who think it’s ok to sin and be a Christian at the same time. You DESPERATELY need to READ that Bible. Don’t tell me about well I can’t be perfect…REALLY??? cause NOAH WAS and he didn’t have Christ in his life, (Gen 6:9b: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.) JOB was and he didn’t have the power of Christ in his life either. (Job_1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.)

    God instructed Abraham to walk perfect before him, he instructed Moses to do the same and his son Jesus, who is the ONLY way to God, said to do it too. So instead of looking for excuses as to why you can’t be perfect, how bout reading the Bible and find out what that perfection is and how to obtain it! (Hebrews 6:1) Also Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (That is JESUS instructing us to do so!!) and also
    Gal_3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

    And lastly: Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
    Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
    Rom 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
    Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
    Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
    Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
    Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
    Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
    Rom 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
    Rom 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
    Rom 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
    Rom 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    WE are to be WITNESSES of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to walk uprightly before the Lord God so that we can be counted worthy of coming into his presence.

    Remember folks, God does NOT need us! WE need him! WE NEED JESUS, his help and the power of the Holy Ghost to give us the grace to see our way through this walk on earth to be counted worthy of entering heaven.

    God does NOT have to allow you into heaven!!!!! That is HIS place of residence…and he is the one who will say whether you go in or not…and if you life is full of sin…YOU ARE NOT GOING!

    Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

    The Christian walk is to ask forgiveness, that is what the GRACE is for, but you are supposed to CONTINUE, striving toward perfection, but studying and learning the word of God, to give you strength and knowledge on how to become perfect in his sight. This cannot be done by the flesh, it is done by the Spirit and by knowledge in the Word, and by placing those instructions into your life. TURN AWAY from sin, or you are a SINNER…and SINNERS ARE NOT GOING TO HEAVEN!

    NO SIN can dwell where God is….NO SIN! The moment it tried it would be immediately destroyed. NO sin can enter heaven. NO SIN! In Israel to come NEAR the mountain unless God made provision, that person was put to death. Exo_19:12 And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death:

    1Co_15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

  22. I am a sinner saved by grace says

    I agree! I am a Christian and first of all, I would not and do not go to movies. I want my mind, eyes, ears and heart to be on the Lord and yes I am a sinner saved by grace. No one can say they could watch a movie like the ones that this blog has talked about and say that they would want Jesus to set next to them and watch. By the way I do not have a TV am I better than anyone else NO! I know how my sinful heart reacts to seeing such things. Be honest can you forget what you saw, how about a young man how does this affect him. God is my personal standard I said Personal He died for me and I want to live for Him.

  23. Amy Davis says

    I don’t want to assume that what I read into this comment is how you feel. Are you saying it is our job to judge? I believe it is our job as Christians to hold each other accountable. But for you to hold me accountable, there would have to be a relationship there. So since there is not, you trying to hold me accountable (or me you) would come as sinful judgment (not taken out of context). We must stick to those we know. We must hold accountable our fellow Christians around us, but not judge the world. That is God’s job. Please accept my apology if I read your comment wrong.

  24. Steven says

    When reading the biblical accounts of King David and others who committed sins, one should notice that these sins are certainly condemned by the authors. Nathan did not let David off the hook. But David also received grace when he was confronted and therefore repented of his sin.

  25. Dylan says

    Well for Mary and Paul, once Jesus changed their lives, they did indeed look like Christians. The bible also says “we shall know them for the fruits they bear.”

  26. Keith says

    Christian = Christ-like

    Romans 12:2   ”And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

    We are called to be different from this world so technically there should be a distinguished “look” to Christians. We can see a contrast between the lifestyle of saved and unsaved individuals in Galatians 5:19-24.

  27. says

    Yes, they did. They did commit sins, but David was the greatest king in the history of Israel. Paul, after he became Paul, walked in holiness. Mary Magdalene was one of the first to see the resurrected Christ. Just because they had momentary mess-ups doesn’t mean that they didn’t walk in holiness. The difference here is that McConaughey didn’t have a momentary mess-up. He has consistently walked in sin. He has not walked in holiness with Christ. Just because we don’t know how God deals with the hearts of others doesn’t mean we can justify open sin. There isn’t some secret way which God uses to deal with us that allows us to sin more. He deals with us the same way he deals with everyone else. Don’t make religious experience so subjective and person-oriented.

  28. Gayna says

    First of all Matthew is not my Hero! I am happy that he talked about My Lord and Savior! Everyone has to work to stay on the path that Christ has given us! His movies are definitely not what God has Intended for his children to watch! Maybe he needs to focus on his walk as we do and try not judge!

  29. Steph says

    We’re in the NT now. Matt is more like Zaccheus. Jesus would hang out with him. The pharisees would write a blog condemning him.

  30. Linda says

    John 8:5-7 “Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”
    These people were TEMPTING Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, that’s what the devil did and it is written in Matthew 4:7, “Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” These people weren’t caring that the woman had sinned, they were tempting Jesus, trying to find something against him. Jesus said, in John 7:24, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” Jesus instructed them to judge, but it’s supposed to be done the right way, righteously. Peace…

  31. Rey says

    True Christians ( by that I mean the ones that walk the walk , not talk the talk) see right through these folks who give GOD praise during their pivotal time in their life. What True Christians should and will do is pray for people like Mathew and hope that that they may truly awaken their dormant Christianity that GOD may gracefully resurrect.

  32. Bewildered says

    Agreed. I see this Matthew as the Matthew from the Bible. Even the disciples couldn’t believe Jesus wanted to go to his house for dinner. They didn’t feel he was worthy, just like it feels like people are not feeling Matthew M. is worthy of his faith.

  33. Kim says

    This (your post) is why so my people are turning away from the church! Too much judgement!!!

  34. says

    Karen…wow…that was wordy…I didn’t get past the second sentence but I’m curious, did you just transcribe the entire bible?

  35. Remy says

    Wow, are you ready to step down off your little Christian soap box there’s? Does it make you some great Christian because you can sit here and spout of scriptures! Because you should look at a scripture that says judge unless he be judged…..because that is exactly what you did to this actor, you judged hi a no then had the audacity to compare him to satan, so, that means you just sinned, which means your not a perfect Christian. So what if he mentioned god but not Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and the pope, and Noah, and Moses. Can you honestly say that every time you make a reference to your god that you continue to make a reference to the other EVERY single time? I highly doubt that as well.
    And of course, let’s not forget how you automatically claimed he wasn’t a Christian, how do you know if he is or isn’t? That has about as much reliability as me saying you not a Christian. You have no idea of this mans life or what he does or does not do in the provacy of his home.
    Does it make him a bad Christian if he doesn’t attend church every Sunday or Wednesday? If you think so, then again you wrong, because your bible states that a man can worship anywhere.
    So, come down off you Christian soap box and read some more scriptures than just the ones you only want to pertain to you and you might realize your not as perfect of a Christian as you seem to think you are.

  36. I am a sinner saved by grace says

    I should have said can I forget what I saw or forget it. I have sons and I know how seeing such things would affect them from what they have said. Flee from sin! I said God is my personal Savior my standards and my family standards are based on God’s word. I have son’s one is a missionary, youth pastor to gangs, school teacher and one who works with the elderly. Aids we know first hand, we do not need to see in a movie. Gangs parents being killed yes we see it. drugs. We also see how the Lord can change a life. We are not Judging we are working to change lives one at a time. Showing God love to everyone we walk the walk. To many are going to hell to have time spent to judge that is Gods job not mine. I have never written anything on a blog before so sorry it was misunderstood I truly am sorry. Just to make this clear our family is in full time work helping others the only person anyone is accountable to is the Lord Jesus Christ.

  37. Wendy says

    Holier-than-thou attitudes are far from holy according to scripture and are a huge turnoff for a lot of unbelievers as well as believers like myself. Not happy when God’s name is mentioned, not happy when God’s name is NOT mentioned…?? So, what if you are not absolutey “holy” in all of your day-to-day activities every single day? At your job or as a parent, etc…are you perfect? Can you be assured that absolutely nothing you will ever do or ever have done could present a stumbing block to another Christian or would-be Christian, either directly or indirectly? If you believe in the Bible, no one is perfect for we all fall short. Does this make YOUR testimony or appreciation to God invalid? You are definitely at lofty heights when you can peer down your nose at ANYONE who thanks the Creator for anything. We shouldn’t be looking for idols, period. But hearing someone thank God for any success should bring a smile to any Christian’s face.

  38. Remy says

    Honestly? Not since I was a child. I happen to actually grow up and away from fairy tales like these. But I already know your response, “it’s not a fairy tale” yet, modern science has disproved so much of the bible and proved that most of it is either made up or HIGHLY exaggerated. Kind of funny that the “book and word of god” is full of so many lies and contradictions.
    To me, it all lines up with the Easter bunny, Santa clause, unicorns, and the tooth fairy.

  39. says

    I asked “Remy, when was the last time you studied a bible for more than 5 minutes?” To which Remy now responds with:
    Remy says: Honestly? Not since I was a child. I happen to actually grow up and away from fairy tales like these. But I already know your response, “it’s not a fairy tale” yet, modern science has disproved so much of the bible and proved that most of it is either made up or HIGHLY exaggerated. Kind of funny that the “book and word of god” is full of so many lies and contradictions.
    To me, it all lines up with the Easter bunny, Santa clause, unicorns, and the tooth fairy.

    Well there we have it boys and girls. Remy hasn’t touched a fairy tale laden, contradictory and science discredited bible in years. However, she DOES know those two mangled and butchered words though doesn’t she?

    JUDGE NOT!

    All these shallow modernist emergent liberals. All the media junkie morally degenerate lovers of the world and the things of the world, AND the atheistic God hating bible denier above. They all have one thing in common. They don’t know much about the scriptures, certainly not as much as they do about these flesh festival movies. Ohhhh but they can draw those two words like a gun>>>>>>> JUDGE NOT! BOOM!!! Take that!!!

    It’s pathetic and it’s a lie. there is a whole theology of sound righteous judgement on the part of God’s people throughout the bible, Especially in the New testament. So you parade of worldlings who are marching through here bellowing JUDGE NOT! need to stick to filthy godless movies where your knowledge is.

    Remy, I will give you sincere credit for honesty. I mean that. You weren’t fooling anybody though. Any time I hear those fateful words JUDGE NOT! I KNOW I’m dealing with somebody who watches more TV than they spend time with God.

  40. James H says

    Of course; as much as you might like to; YOU don’t get to judge David for how long it took him to “get right” either, do you?

  41. lynn culver says

    only one thing to say, i wouldnt brag about knowing the bible, the devil knows the bible forwards and backwards and can speak it fluently. you definately dont sound very christian.

  42. says

    Yes we do and we should. I’ve taught on that very thing. It took him the better part of a year to repent. David didn’t get up and than the LORD God of Israel for his position power and talents for murder and adultery. Matthew McConaughey is celebrating his adulterous blasphemous life in the jaws of Hollywood by thanking God for his sin!!!!. What on earth has happened to people?

    If I were to meet him I would shake his hand tell him everything I’ve been telling you. Nathan didn’t come along and tell David how well he was doing because he was trying his best. He pushed his face directly into his murder, adultery and now hypocrisy after the story about he man and his ewe lamb. David repented. That means real sorrow and real change. He didn’t go back and kill another for his wife after that.

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