The Redefinition of Same-Sex Friendship

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . .

The SJW coalition is gaining ground, and the galaxy is in turmoil. Politics and values are moving to the left of a spectrum that exists in a galaxy very very near, in a time that is present. The characters, instead of existing for the furthering of the plot, exist to make political statements about how our world–today–should look.

The leaders in charge of these decisions think they are oh so clever at tricking people into thinking they are being entertained when really they are being bombarded with political opinions. Instead of a story, a political ideology–normally with questionable morality–is presented.

It is up to our heroes to survive the coalition of Social Justice Warriors and bring back prosperity and normalcy to the galaxy. . . .

After the last two Star Wars movies that have come out–explicitly in The Last Jedi and desired in Solo: A Star Wars Story–the “title crawl” written above is a semi-accurate representation of the goals in the newest entries in the Star Wars universe. As far as Solo, this is clear in the following headline, posted on Fox News on May 17,  2018: “‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ writers reveal Lando Calrissian is pansexual.

I said above that the SJW agenda was “desired” in Solo, because i don’t think they accomplished their goal. Sure, a droid repeatedly talks about “equal rights,” but this has been a theme since Episode IV: A New Hope, when the cantina owner says “We don’t serve their kind” to R2-D2 and C-3PO, which actually takes place only a few years after the events of Solo.

But the point of this post is specifically related to Lando Calrissian as pansexual. If the writers have to reveal that he is pansexual, then i would argue four things:

  1. They aren’t good writers (a good writer can show something without stating it).
  2. They’re scared to be overly explicit (they don’t want to lose the more conservative portion of their fan base).
  3. They forgot that he is enamored with only a woman in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (which would argue that he later changed his mind about his sexuality for something heterosexual [normal]).
  4. They don’t understand normal human interaction (keep reading for explanation).

In my opinion, he did not come across as anything but the overly friendly, outspoken, extroverted “scumbag” that he would later prove to be. When he runs into Han in Empire, he hugs him, talks him up, flirts with Leia, and greets Chewbacca as if everything is gravy.

The whole discussion brings to mind a Scripture tucked away in 2 Samuel 1:26 that is occasionally used as ammunition for the LGBT community in an attempt to say, “Such and such in the Bible had same-sex attraction.” The verse reads:

“I grieve for you, Jonathan, my brother. You were such a friend to me. Your love for me was more wonderful than the love of women.”

David wrote this after his friend Jonathan was killed in battle. There is plenty to prove that David was not gay. According to Wikipedia, his wives were as follows: “Bathsheba, Haggith, Eglah, Abigail, Maachah, Ahinoam, Michal, and Avital.” The Scripture reads as follows:

  • 2 Samuel 3:2-5 (HCSB)
    Sons were born to David in Hebron: his firstborn was Amnon, by Ahinoam the Jezreelite;  his second was Chileab, by Abigail, the widow of Nabal the Carmelite; the third was Absalom, son of Maacah the daughter of King Talmai of Geshur;  the fourth was Adonijah, son of Haggith; the fifth was Shephatiah, son of Abital;  the sixth was Ithream, by David’s wife Eglah. These were born to David in Hebron.
  • 2 Samuel 5:13-16 (HCSB)
    After he arrived from Hebron, David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him.  These are the names of those born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,  Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia,  Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.

Simple fact of life: children do not result from homosexual relationships. For this reason, it is clear that David was not gay. As a result, we must discuss what is going on in 2 Samuel 1:26, Solo, and society today at large. These are all intertwined.

As quoted above, David sang about his friend Jonathan in 2 Samuel 1:26:

“I grieve for you, Jonathan, my brother. You were such a friend to me. Your love for me was more wonderful than the love of women.”

Jonathan had been there for David. When Jonathan’s father–King Saul–had been chasing David to kill him, Jonathan had rebelled against his father to help his friend. At a later time, while David is on the run, just days before the events behind Psalm 141, we read the following:

David was in the Wilderness of Ziph in Horesh when he saw that Saul had come out to take his life.  Then Saul’s son Jonathan came to David in Horesh and encouraged him in ⌊his faith in⌋ God,  saying, “Don’t be afraid, for my father Saul will never lay a hand on you. You yourself will be king over Israel, and I’ll be your second-in-command. Even my father Saul knows it is true.”  Then the two of them made a covenant in the LORD’s presence. Afterward, David remained in Horesh, while Jonathan went home.
(1 Samuel 23:15-18)

It says that Jonathan “encouraged him in his faith in God.” David sang that Jonathan was “such a friend to me.” We never read of a woman encouraging David in God; the closest we see is Abigail in 1 Samuel 25 protecting her husband Nabal from David’s anger. This is why David could say that Jonathan’s love was “more wonderful than the love of women.” Jonathan had encouraged him in his faith in a time when he needed it. In fact, it might have been this very meeting with Jonathan (1 Samuel 23) that caused David to turn to prayer, instead of striking down Saul, when his men encouraged him to kill Saul.

You see, while Lando’s character in Solo is not a godly man of Jonathan’s caliber in any sense of the term, if it was not for the news article shared above, i would never have even wondered if Lando was anything but heterosexual. He’s a very talkative, flattery-spitting, comfortable with his masculinity guy. One of the writers is quoted in the article as saying,

“There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee’s [portrayal of Lando’s] sexuality,” Jonathan Kasdan told the outlet. “I mean, I would have loved to have gotten a more explicitly LGBT character into this movie. I think it’s time, certainly, for that, and I love the fluidity ― sort of the spectrum of sexuality that Donald appeals to and that droids are a part of.”

This is the most concerning thing about the character. It is the fact that the writer says, “I would have loved to have gotten a more explicitly LGBT character into this movie. I think it’s time, certainly, for that.”

However, the problem with him saying this is that as far as i can tell there isn’t even a single LGBT character in the movie at all yet. You see, some people are more bubbly in their personality, and it does not mean that they are gay or lesbian or pansexual or any other possible combination of sexualities that our culture has created in the current time.

What society is trying to do today is to tell young people that if they are close to people of the same sex, then they must be homosexual. By trying to peg Lando Calrissian as a pansexual man, it is proof of this agenda. The closest thing he does to anything “non-heterosexual” is call a male character, “Love,” but there was nothing sexual about it.

Lando is confident in his masculinity, and as such he doesn’t think twice about how he speaks to people of differing genders. As a kid, with my close friends, we joked around in a similar way (usually throwing a caveat out to clarify that we were not actually flirting with each other).

Men need solid friendships with each other. Friendships in which they can be comfortable and vulnerable and open. Friendships where homosexuality isn’t even a question. Friendships that can help bolster and encourage and counsel and support dating and marriage relationships with a woman one day. Friendships that more than anything seek to encourage one another in God.

Women need solid friendships with each other too. Friendships in which they can be comfortable and vulnerable and open. Friendships where homosexuality isn’t even a question. Friendships that can help bolster and encourage and counsel and support dating and marriage relationships with a man one day. Friendships that more than anything seek to encourage one another in God.

In conclusion, i’ll admit it. I was overly sarcastic in my introduction. The fact that the writer’s of Solo wanted Lando to be pansexual, and ultimately want there to be more LGBT propaganda in the galaxy far, far away led me to write that introduction. But the fact remains: Star Wars is still my favorite alternate universe. Even the new movies released under Disney’s ownership have been enjoyable, though not at all what i would have asked for.

I enjoyed Solo: A Star Wars Story. While Rogue One is still the greatest Disney-era Star Wars movie, for what Solo was, I enjoyed it. Based on this post, here are four takeaways:

  • Heterosexuality is God’s design for sexuality and marriage; anything else is sin.
  • Those who are in non-heterosexual relationships are not the enemy. Love them.
  • Pray for society, politicians, and your unsaved neighbors regardless of their sexual identity. They all need Jesus!
  • Find and build solid friendships with people of the same gender as you.

In this with you.

Soli Deo Gloria

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