Last summer, Hallmark Channel promised to include “LGBT scenarios” in its “Countdown to Christmas” and “Miracles of Christmas” programs. Now he has released a movie in which one of the main characters adopts a child with his homosexual lover.
“I can only imagine what I would have thought when I was younger when I saw a Christmas movie with a story like this: two men in love, having a baby together. I think I would have been so excited, and I know I’m excited, ”Jonathan Bennett, who plays Brandon Mitchell on“ The Christmas House ”, told ET.
Bennett, himself a gay man, is known for his roles in “Mean Girls” and “Cheaper by the Dozen 2”, as well as for hosting Food Network’s “Cake Wars” and “Halloween Wars”.
He says he sees the homosexual first on Hallmark as “part of the [societal] progress, ”and finds“ an honor to do a little bit of history. ”Bennett said he was excited that the film was available for young men to watch and be represented.
“I hope all the young Jonathans setting there watching this with their families and parents, maybe they will feel a little more seen and they will be a little less afraid this Christmas,” he said.
According to reports, in one scene, Bennett hugs and kisses actor Brad Harder, who plays his partner Jake.
The main plot is about two sons who come home for Christmas and help decorate their childhood home one last time.
“This year’s films reflect our most diverse representation of talent, story and family,” Michelle Vicary, executive vice president of programming, Crown Media Family Networks, said of holiday programming in a statement. . “Our films are rooted in warmth and positivity, meaningful relationships, family reunions and seasonal traditions – a winning formula that we hope will bring to our millions of viewers the lightness and zest for life that they so badly needed at the end of a difficult year. “
Hallmark Cards, Inc. began selling gay-themed greeting cards over a decade ago, which has led to reluctance from Christian groups.
The company defends its cards on its website, writing, “Hallmark is proud to be an ally of the LGBTQ community. … Hallmark offers gay and lesbian wedding cards, including wedding shower cards, cards with two grooms, and cards for two brides. You will also find the cutest new baby congratulations cards for two dads and two moms. … Maybe someone you know needs the extra encouragement to get out or make the transition – we’ve got you covered for those times, too.
As stated earlier, while the common argument among those who identify as gay is that they are “born that way,” Christians believe that, as the Bible teaches, all men are in exactly the same situation:
All were born with the nature of Adamic sin and therefore are “by nature the children of wrath” (Ephesians 2: 3), having various inherent feelings and inclinations which are contrary to the law and will of God and being totally incapable to change on their own. (Job 14: 4).
This is why Jesus came: to “save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21) and that they may be “saved from wrath by him” (Romans 5: 9) – putting them out of the way. who are saved. both the penalty and the power of sin.
Jesus also pointed out in John 3: 5-7 that men must be regenerated by the second birth, and be transformed from being in Adam to being in Christ, or they cannot see the kingdom of heaven.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Don’t be surprised that I told you, you have to be born again. ‘”
This work of the Holy Spirit is known in Christianity as the doctrine of regeneration.
The message celebrated by Christians in December, and throughout the year, is that the promised and prophesied Messiah – Jesus – had finally come to save men from the grip of sin.