Like half the country, I watched the Oscars Sunday night. Well, the last half of it. That’s when the good awards are awarded so I tune in late. I mean, we all know the show will last til midnight even though it’s scheduled to go off at 11, so tuning in at 10pm and you should still see the good stuff, right?
Well evidently Matthew McConaughey’s speech has folks in an uproar. He thanked God. Whoa! A relative, hot, seemingly well liked actor who won an OSCAR thanked God. SHOCK all over the world. Come on folks. This shouldn’t be a big deal, but evidently, in today’s world, it is. That is sad.
It shocked the world entirely why? Because it was Matthew that did it? Because he actually thanked God instead of the academy? Or was it because we have grown accustomed to NOT hearing folks thank God other than at the Country music awards?
I think all three.
Facebook blew up with folks praising him for doing it. Blogs all over are writing posts about it. It was on news shows both radio and television.
All because Matthew M thanked God first in his speech.
I just read a post from a Christian blogger condemning the folks who were jumping on the MM bandwagon now and calling him a hero because he did it. I started to write my thoughts on it in her comment section, but then remembered that hey, I have a blog, I can write my thoughts there!
Her blog basically condemned MM for thanking God because he doesn’t do Christian friendly movies. She hasn’t seen Dallas Buyers Club, the movie MM won the oscar for. She read a review on a website about it, that told her it was filled with sex and bad words and (GASP) is about AIDS. So she doesn’t think MM should be able to thank God.
My first reaction was shock, then rage, then wonderment at how have we as a society got to this point.
A man thanked God. And somehow because he doesn’t conform to certain peoples standards, he shouldn’t be allowed to.
I hope, I pray that new Christians don’t wind up reading that blog post. I wish I hadn’t. I feel more corrupted and dirty from reading that, than I think I would have by watching Dallas Buyers Club.
When we have reached a point that not only are we shocked by someone mentioning God, but we are condemning them for doing it because they don’t comply with our standards, well, something is wrong with this picture.
God is a God of love. Not one of hate, or condemnation.
Many of the comments on the previously mentioned post were from folks who were no longer in church, and from a few atheists. Their comments all revolved around the attitude of the blog author and the fact that mentalities like hers were why they were no longer in church. I had hoped it would open her eyes to what she was doing. It didn’t. She wrote a follow up post, it didn’t get any better. There was no empathy for those she hurt. There was no sympathy for the hurtful things she said and that others in her comment box said. It was more of the, I’m a Christian, I’m right, you are wrong attitude.
To me, that is what’s wrong with our society. We are many different sides, with differing views, and none of them are willing to actively listen and explore the other side’s views. We are all boxed in our little square, with our “people” and are too afraid to venture out to see if maybe we have “people” over on that other side.
I personally want to step outta my box. I want to meet folks on the other side, after all, they have as much to offer as I do. And, by the way, I loved Matthew’s speech. He thanked God, his mama, his wife and kids. To me, he got it alright, alright, alright.