Discusson Guide

The Gospel of Eureka: Discussion Guide

Discussion Prompts: Christianity and LGBTQ+ Issues

Lee Keating and Walter Burrell are devoted Christians. Other Christians see gay couples like Keating and Burrell as betraying their faith. How is it possible for people from the same faith tradition to come to such different conclusions?

Jayme Brandt’s young daughter is puzzled that anyone would be excluded from church because they were gay. She suggests that they could just lie about being gay and then they’d be able to attend. Her father responds, “Yeah, but what if you had to pretend something about yourself so that people would like you? Wouldn't that be sad?” She agrees that it would be sad. Do you?

Roxie Howard explains, “God has no problem with me. I don't see faith as a barrier to being who I am. I see faith as a reason for who I am. In order to be honest with myself and everyone else, I had to live life as I believe, and that was as a woman and that's what I've done.” Why would faith require honesty?

The pastor of a church that welcomes LGBTQ+ members questions the selective use of Biblical teachings to crusade against gays but not against people who, for example, reject the Biblical edict not to eat pork. How would you explain certain Christians’ adamant adherence to some Biblical precepts but not others? In your opinion, what reasons not found in the Bible might there be for the church to reject LGBTQ people?

Keating and Burrell’s pastor recalls, “Lee ministered to those who were victims of the AIDS epidemic before there was much understanding or acceptance of the disease. He and Walter both recognized their blessing not to have been affected by AIDS personally, and they passed that blessing on by helping to take care of others.” Why do you think it is important for Keating and Burrell to see their bar as a ministry grounded in their faith, especially given the number of churches that openly rejected people with AIDS?

Howard tells the story of a preacher who tried to physically “cast out the demons” from her. She ultimately rejected those who tried to convince her that something was wrong with her, concluding, “Probably the only devil in the room was his behavior.” Where do you see incarnations of evil in the film?