main idea: The best way to live our lives is to unconditionally love people, to be open and honest, and to give people the benefit of the doubt.

On the surface, this sounds fine.  Especially in Canada, the idea of inclusiveness and tolerance (perhaps to complete unconditional acceptance) is a high value.  (If Jack Layton’s funeral was any indication, that’s what we’re all about.)  With all the alternate lifestyles portrayed in the movie (cohabitation, threesomes, hooking up, gay relationships, etc.), the main character Ned (played by Paul Rudd) pretty much is ok with all of them and just accepts people for who they are.  Some may even allude that that’s how Jesus was like, who hung out amongst sinners (that’s what the religious elite accused him of).  (Curiously, Ned even seems to “look” like the stereotypical Jesus figure.)  And while I agree that Jesus extended himself to be with sinners (rather than just the “right crowd”), he never seemed to allow people to stay in the state they were in.  Rather, he challenged people to bring their lives closer to God by living their lives the way it was intended to be.

It’s interesting that humans tend to swing to either extreme: either we’re completely intolerant of those especially who are immoral vs. completely accepting even if they are blatantly sinning.  Somehow, Jesus was able to live and love others where they are and yet his holiness almost compels us to align ourselves correctly with him by moving away from how we thought we should live.

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