This is an old note.
When the movie begins the camera pans over the rugged beauty of Wyoming (Canada). We are then brought down to a shot of a deserted town, a dusty road, and a train flying by. And then we see a young man, a lonely man, a sad man, an intense man, waiting for a better life, hoping to get work for the summer. He gets work and meets what will become the love of his life.
The movie is billed as an epic love story that will change the way we look at love. It took me a long time to decide to go see this movie. Everyone was asking me what I thought and did I see Brokeback Mountain. But, something was keeping me back from seeing it. I don’t typically go see movies I know end unhappily. I always want a happy ending where good triumphs over evil. So I finally rented the movie. What I experienced in this movie was a tragedy. For this epic love was stunted before it could grow and all that is left is a shirt.
This could have been a wonderful love story if these two men had been taught from birth that they are children of God. That they are a growing, creative, expression of God’s love for the world. Instead these men are forced to deny a part of who they are. In the process of keeping a part of themselves in the closet, their love does not have a chance to flower. For them love is not a blessed sacred occurrence, but something done in secret, hidden from family and friends.
I want be part of the creation of a new world where there is one body as Paul imagines for us in 1 Corinthians. A body that is tied together through one love, one life, one blood, but is also different from each other and unique. Can you imagine being a part of a community where no child grows up being taught to hate themselves because they are different, because the person they choose to fall in love with is not the one society says you are to love. Every child should know that God has created them, blessed them, loved them. That there is nothing that can separate them from the love of God. And if nothing can separate them from the love of God how can we do anything else but to also love.
Brokeback Mountain reminds us of why we as a church need to be a safe haven for people of sexual orientation of all kinds. Can we dare to become a church that is a safe haven helping to create a world open and affirming of lgbt persons of all ages? Can we dare to dream of becoming a safe haven where everyone is free to love and live openly? Can we dare to be a church that is a safe haven for people to explore faith and identity? May we learn how to carry each other as sisters and brothers, one.
When all you got is hurt
You got to do what you should
With each other
But we're not the same
We get to
Carry each other
Carry each other
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13