Some people and churches still claim homosexuality as a sin, forgetting that the primary Christian ideal is: God is love (John 4:8). These people still use the Bible as a political handbook for dividing and stigmatizing people, calling them gay, sinners and other categorizations. This kind of thinking is resplendently dramatized by Joel Edgerton in the film "Boy Erased." Sometimes accepting the truth is hard, because one's feelings and beliefs don't allow for the evidence to be internalized or confirmed. Nancy Eamons (incredibly performed by Nicole Kidman) portrays a strong maternal instinct that allows her to accept her son's (Jared) otherness and this doesn't diminish her love for her son. However, Marshall Eamons (brilliantly played by Russell Crowe), a Christian preacher, and Jared's father, cannot accept his son's sexual orientation. In preacher Eamon's own personal journey, having gone through a revision of thinking, he comes to terms with his son's sexual nature. In contrast to his father, the son Jared (amazingly played by Lucas Hedges) demonstrates a different kind of leadership. Jared initiates changes, but his father, Marshall Eamons, prefers to demand total responsibility and control in his household. For Lucas Hedges, Jared is not his first gay character portrayal (remember Lady Bird) in his career, but this performance is more complicated and exposes his amazing skills as an actor. In the movie, Lucas Hedges shows a personal way of searching truth and being a witness to the the psychological pressure in the Christian community. He plays a character who is a victim and a victor simultaneously. He was a victim when he was raped by his roommate. He was a victim of a broken relationship with his father. Fortunately, he becomes a victor when he escapes the "hell", and starts to testify about the conversion therapy experience. Unfortunately, Jared's classmate Cameron (perfectly played by Britton Sear) was not strong enough to resist all the methods of that controversial and cruel therapy, but he stills is a hero for Jared, because Cameron helps him escape that collective verbal lynching. Also, "fake it till you make it " - is a strong quote which represents some conformism and a weak resistance to lies among spiritual abusers and their victims. Obviously, people who accept a lie are more dangerous than people who believe in love and accept all forms of love. That's why the bottom line of the movie is spiritual abuse kills.
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