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Jonathan Bennett, left, and Brad Harder play married couple Brandon and Jake in the Hallmark Channel's "The Christmas House." (Allister Foster / Hallmark Channel)

Christian leader cautions viewers about gay-themed Hallmark movies

Several new Hallmark and other Christmas movies celebrate LGBT relationships, according to Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Hallmark’s movie “The Christmas House” and Hulu’s “Happiest Season” present challenges for Christian families who enjoy the genre. Each film is a romantic comedy that includes a same-sex storyline.

Hallmark movies and other “rom-coms” like them, Mohler said, are “being used as an engine for” the same-sex “moral revolution.”

“The Christmas House” is the second Hallmark movie to include a same-sex couple but the Los Angeles Times heralds it as the “first gay Hallmark holiday movie.” According to the paper, that’s the entire focus of the movie – instead of a minor subplot. In August, Hallmark’s movie “Wedding Every Weekend” featured a wedding between two women.

Mohler noted the Hallmark Channel LGBT storylines comes one year after the network pulled a commercial featuring a same-sex couple. After a social media protest, Hallmark backtracked.

“It’s going to take an enormous amount of biblical conviction for Christians not to be pressed into conformity with this culture,” Mohler said. “It’s going to take an enormous amount of biblical conviction for Christians, for Christian parents and for churches to stand against this tide and to resist this pressure. It’s going to take standing against virtually everything that Hollywood is going to be throwing at us and throwing at our 10-year-olds.”

The very nature of rom-coms – there’s always a happy ending – means the viewer can easily “get drawn in, he said.

“It actually does assure people that everything’s going to turn out fine,” Mohler said. ”It looks like disaster is here, it looks like that awkwardness is there, it looks like moral stigma is over there, but don’t worry: For the rom-com to work as a rom-com, everything has to turn out in the end. If it didn’t end that way, it wouldn’t be on Hallmark.”

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice