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This is the second or third documentary on Matthew I've watched now; in my opinion this film did him the most justice. I think Matthew was very fortunate to have befriended the documentarian. The film, as the title suggests, gives an intimate look into the life of Matthew Shepard. The good times, the bad times, as recalled by his closest family and friends. The documentarian did an excellent job humanizing Matthew, in my view. I found it very easy to become personally invested in Matthew watching this film. He was the proverbial boy next door.
At the end of the day, there's no real reconciling what happened to Matthew. It's just unconscionable and it's always going to hurt; but that's okay. Remembering Matthew, and others like him, should always evoke empathy and sorrow in the hearts and minds of any functional human being. My grandfather once told me, "the saddest words in the English language are 'what could have been.'" Those words have never rang truer for me when it comes to the story of Matthew Shepard; may he rest in peace.
God loves Matthew Shephard. He also loves each and every gay person in the world, including myself. I am at peace with that. The Bible teaches love and tolerance. Does God condemn homosexuality? Many 'Christians' will point to one specific verse which says yes to that question. However the Bible was written within an historical and cultural context. God does not change but people and time do. There are many things that God does not approve of but He still has an overwhelming sense of love for all His people, no matter their culture, sexuality, race or class. He preaches love for one another above everything else, and that we should love ourselves also.
To any gay people reading this please know that God does love you. For those of you who are homophobic, God loves you too. We need to stop judging each other.
This documentary made by one of Matthew's friends is beautifully put together and enables the viewer to understand and see the person Matthew was. I hope all are touched by the film and that it enables all of us to be more tolerant. It is an awful shame Matthew died. However, his life, his death, and the work that was inspired by his story, is a legacy to him and to all those living in fear because of careless ignorance from others.
God bless you Matthew Shephard, you are loved by so many.