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Joe Dunfee

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  1. The stage adaption of C.S. Lewis' The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is a play about Jesus. -Joe Dunfee
  2. In spite of this being an old topic, I think it remains a major topic for Christians in theater. Some have pointed out that it is the character that is doing the swearing. But, if I take that argument to an extreme, and into the whelm of getting naked on stage, I think you have crossed over in something that, even if your character would properly be doing so, it is wrong for the actor to disrobe. The act itself is immoral to do. For an extreme example, if the character is a pedophile, is it ever moral to take the child's clothes off and fondle them. I am hesitant to declare something to always be immoral for the Christian if it is not something addressed in scripture. Fowl language is, I think one of those things. However, the fact that taking God's name in vain is in the 10 commandments, seems to put it into a special category. So my gut reaction is that this is always wrong, to do as an actor, or to go and see such a movie for your entertainment. One test I had set for myself, is to imagine that I was doing the acting in front of a Sunday school class of 7 year olds. Or that I, as director, asked the 7 year old to use the words in a play. If it felt wrong, I assumed the words are wrong, regardless of the age. However, the argument that I found online that convinced me to completely stay away from any production with fowl language (sorry I can't now find the original source) was a story from a man who wasn't really known as a christian at work. He told the story of a co-worker who was widely know as a Christian there. That man hit his finger with a hammer, and let out some profanities. The story teller said that a non-Christian coworker immediately turned to him and said, "And this guy calls him a Christian". The non-Christian expected the Christian to not use fowl language, and when he did, he was viewed as a hypocrite. A local Christian-based arts school had, in the past, permitted some limited amount of fowl language in the productions. After I raised my concerns, and the concern that they may inadvertently be teaching their students, and younger audience members, that such language is OK, they decided to cut ANY such language out. So, another area of concern was introduced. I was glad that they decided to ban all such language. My stance has meant that I could not act in professional theater as a profession, because there are VERY FEW secular plays that totally omit all profanity. You realistically could not earn a living by just limiting yourself to such plays. Though, I do realize that some issues are not a clear in God's word, and it is wrong to take dogmatic stance on them. On true moral issues, no compromise is acceptable. Perhaps God places certain things in specific Christians' hearts, and it is only for them, rather than intended for all Christians to follow. For me, I take a very strong stance that I will not participate in a production that uses fowl language.
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