The Smith Family Chronicles 2: “Is It Really God’s Will That I Live Alone?”

What does it mean to be a young lesbian woman in a close and loving evangelical family? How do you come out to your father? How does he respond when you do? How does your mother react to the news? How about your brother, your best friend, your pastor? Who helps you swim through those terribly tricky waters — and how? How do you reconcile everything you’ve ever learned and believed about homosexuality with the fact that you are gay? What do you do with your faith? What do the people who deeply love you do with theirs?

So often the dialogue now everywhere around us about the relationship between homosexuality and Christianity remains at a stratum of concern just above where people actually live and breathe. I wanted to bring the whole issue right down into people’s lives, which is the only place it really matters anyway. Moreover, as a writer I yearned to create and explore a fictional narrative; I wanted to tell a story. (And I will be — and not just about LGBT-Christian relations. I look forward, for instance, to introducing onto the show the character of Hussein, a Muslim-American.)

Here’s the second episode of The Smith Family Chronicles, a story I’m now telling via the free tools available at extranormal.com. The first episode in this series is Jane Smith Comes Out to Her Evangelical Father.

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About John Shore

John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. Don't forget to sign up for his mucho-awesome newsletter.

  • Debbie

    “I cannot live if God does not love me.”

    Interesting statement.

  • JauntyJohn

    Full disclosure: I’m biased.

    (But then, aren’t we all, each in our own way?)

    With that said, I think this is great — a limited medium, to be sure, but a terrific exploration of this issue — and Jane’s (and her family’s) process.

    To be honest I have never understood how some people can turn their back on their children for being gay — especially those who profess to live as Jesus tells us to.

    I know their reasons are passionately and powerfully articulated — real and right to them — but still, at the end of the day, a mystery to me how they can line that up with Jesus’ teachings.

    In any event, thank you Mr. Shore for turning your time and talent to this.

    John

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnshore/ John Shore

      Thanks, John. It IS a limited medium, isn’t it? I find working within its severe restrictions oddly fascinating and rewarding; it’s such an intriguingly unique … form, basically, one that necessitates such an odd reformulation of language. Anyway … thank you for this, very much.

  • Suz

    I’ve never been fond of this type of animation, but I really like the dialog. In a way, what bothered me about the first episode is what made it ring true. Mr. Smith’s flat, mechanical voice was the PERFECT expression of his “automatic” diatribe.

    I still want to see more.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnshore/ John Shore

      I’ve never even seen this type of animation. (Which doesn’t mean it hasn’t been out there, or anything. I’ve just not seen it.) To me, it’s a whole new form. It creates such an intriguing juxtaposition/tension between medium and “message.”

  • lilypad1213

    I’ve often wondered how this conversation might go. Thanks for bringing an example to life.

  • http://shadsie.deviantart.com/ Shadsie

    The personality of Jane’s girlfriend makes me smile. “You’re so cuddly, that’s one of the reasons I like you.” Cuuuute.

    This could be interesting in Flash, and with actual voice actors (unless you just want to keep the Xtranormal route). Unfortuntely, of the many art diciplines I know, I was not trained in flash. If I get around to experimenting with it, I’ll have to first play around with some ideas my fiance’ and I have about one of his characters- “The Doctor Bigaboom Show of Mad Science and World Domination” or something.


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