Taking a cue from other nationally recognized homosexual themed film festibals, a gay group intends to bring a similar event to Baton Rouge Louisianna. “The Q Film Fest” will show seven films at the Manship Theater including “Adam and Steve,” “Sexy,” “The Ski Trip,” “Stonewall,” “Paragraph 175,” “Masha Mom,” and “The Rape of Ganymede.”
The Advocate newspaper interviewed the coordinators who acknowledged the controversial nature of the event. (See: Baton Rouge hosts gay, lesbian film festival.) An opinion poll conducted by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report indicated that over 1/3 of the city would be offended by the homosexual happening. Sponsors, including Chase Bank, provided funding for the film festival at the risk of alienating one out of three people living in the capitol city.
Tony Davis, pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Greenwell Springs, demonstrated the churches disapproval by closing their Chase Bank account. He sent me a preview of the letter he plans to send to the local newspaper. It reads:
Desiring to do God’s will, and remain obedient to the Scripture, our church has decided to close our account with Chase Bank. This decision was made after we became aware that Chase used profits made through the bank to support a gay, lesbian film festival held here in Baton Rouge at the Manship Theater. We realize that Chase Bank is actively involved in community efforts and for that we are grateful. However, we cannot turn our heads and ignore that the bank is supporting an agenda the Bible clearly condemns.
It’s one thing not to discriminate against homosexuals. We don’t do that, and we wouldn’t ask our bank to do so. But we feel that Chase Bank crossed the line of propriety when they chose to promote the homosexual agenda with profits earned from account holders like Fellowship Baptist Church. We therefore have chosen to take our banking business elsewhere.
Scripture teaches us to love all people, homosexuals included, and we will hold true to that teaching of Scripture. But we must also side with the Bible in its condemnation of the homosexual lifestyle. We cannot, and indeed must not support a corporation that supports the gay, lesbian agenda. While that may not be popular in secular society, we must remain firm in our commitment to God’s Word. With Jesus Christ as our Lord and Supreme Authority, we can do no other.
Tony D. Davis
Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church
14512 Greenwell Springs Rd.
Greenwell Springs, LA