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Samantha

I came across this entry on NCBlogs.com and I must say that you were the first Christian to give a viewpoint on the musical that wasn't negative. Now I know that many Christians would object to the things mentioned in the 1st paragraph of this entry, but you give a perspective that even this agnostic, who loves Rent has never thought about.

Thanks for the perspective, I enjoyed reading it and thinking about it further.

M Light

Thank you! I especially love musicals, movies and books that have more to say the more you think about them - like Rent.

the_pirateninja

hey i stumbled across this pretty randomly actually, oh the vastness of the internet, as a fellow christian and musical lover, i loves this movie, but never thought of it relating to christian themes so when i saw this i said to myself "This, i have to read"
actually i have to say, i completely agree with the fact they they understand community a lot better than modern day churches, thanks for another view on this ^_^

M Light

Thank you, Pireateninja! I was surprised, myself, when I started coming up with these themes.

Snow

One thing: The sort of "theme song" is "No Day BUT Today" not "LIKE Today".

Also, I find it kind of wrong that people would strongly object to seeing a movie like this with their 13+ year old children when there's trash like "Family Guy" on TV that they would let their kids watch. (I'm not attacking you, I just felt the need to point this out.) In addition, the music may swear once or twice per song, but that nothing compaired to today's pop music (i.e.: Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" in which she says s*** at least 20 times).

M Light

Snow: Thank you for setting me straight on the song. I've fixed that in the post.

I also understand your thoughts about what's on TV/radio versus "Rent." At the time I wrote this, we didn't really watch much on regular TV - there are so many good movies to rent, and we find commercials intrusive (even now the only regular show we watch, "Battlestar Galactica," made up their own swear word (grin)). The same goes for radio - I change the station when the commercials come on. But, from what little I've seen, I agree that "Rent" isn't any "worse" than lots of what's out today - and the story is so much more worthwhile!

Daniel T.

Hey! Congrats! I'm catholic and we are looking forward to produce Rent in my country. I must say I am very glad to see this.. because I found this (Christian - Catholic, whatever it is the same) perspective of Rent long time ago, and didn't know how to "prove" it or put it in words... The most important theme of Rent I believe is love, like for Jesus is "to love each other as I have loved you"... Because "at the end what matters is what you did for God and the people" like Marcial Maciel said... Now I can share these thoughts to my partners that also love Rent.. Thank you!

Roommates

Wow this is cool info thanks for this guys I will show this to some of my friends that might be interested!

M Light

Daniel T: I hope you enjoy producing it. I've seen it three times, and it touches me every time.

Anya DeCarlo

Having Rent relating to christian themes is obsurd, a jewish man wrote the show.

Tricia

Thank you so much! I'm a proud Catholic and I love RENT! When I tried explaining just that since the movie was about AIDS to my boyfriend's super-Catholic mom she had this look of disgust on her face. I see at as a reminder that just because people live other lifestyles, especially those of sin, doesn't mean they can't be good people. It also showed me how big of a problem AIDS is an how we need to bond together to fight it.

Bob Boland

I just stumbled upon this post through a Google Images search that turned up one of the pictures you posted here.

As an Atheist, I wanted to commend you and most of the people who have posted here. I may not like the Bible, but I definitely agree with the connections you have made with the passages you have quoted. Some of the connections are even necessarily "Christian" in nature rather than having the idea of being connected and supportive of your community (no matter the size or people who constitute it).

I greatly like that you are very well thought out in your blog post here, and I enjoyed reading it.

Thank you. :)

Anonymous

I am a 17 year old Christian male who happens to love musicals. lol. I was concerned in the beginning that I was not "allowed" to see RENT or have anything in relation to it. My family is very religious and is dedicated to what they believe in, so you might understand the pressure I was (and in ways, still am) to bring the subject forward. They still do not know that I have the soundtrack on my iPod or have the movie on DVD, I am not sure if I should tell them what it is about. My father, who in ways seems like he doesn't believe in anything, rudely comments on the "fa**ots" and "di*es" and I am not okay with that. Sometimes I question my mother's beliefs in him due to the fact that she is Christian, herself. Most of my friends are gay or bisexual. I see this movie and the musical not as what it is visually, but what its message is. I know that now with these themes, I can in a way attempt at telling my family what it is about. I am not sure. I posted a quote from the musical on my Facebook page ("No day but today.") and a comment I got from one of my friends was. "Don't sing RENT! Ewww." He is a Christian and attends church regularly just as I do. I don't see why people have to be so hypocritical about the show. Apparently he has seen it or something to know where I quoted from, but I can't fathom trying to get through to anybody with what the movie faces with the drugs, sexuality, etc.

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