(Hey, look! Another documentary review! Enjoy!)
After my rather scathing review yesterday of The God Who Wasn’t There, I figured the first recommendation from Netfix after watching it would be an interesting follow-up.
Enter Lord, Save Us From Your Followers, a documentary by Dan Merchant, a hilarious, yet heartening display of how, in America, debate is screaming back and forth and everyone walks away angry.
To give you a bigger picture, what Merchant is looking at is how Christians contribute to social issues (or don’t contribute, for the most part), how Americans would rather yell than dialogue, and how Christians, who are supposed to have the love of Jesus Christ, should be responding to social issues. He hits a lot of subjects, including homosexuality, war, consumerism, and racism. At the end of it all, he’s got one key lesson: you don’t have to agree on everything to love one another, or to do what’s right.
If I were to peg down an audience for this documentary, it’s got to be anyone who’s sick of people yelling back and forth about politics, who are tired of talking and not doing. He might talk a little more to Christians than to non-Christians, but seriously, it’s worth everyone minute of it to see what it really looks like to love others as Christ would have you love them. This is one of those movies I want to take to every church in America and show it, not criticize, but to motivate, get some people off their butts and into their community. I hope I use this right, because I’m just as guilty as just running my mouth on here as the rest of them, and not doing anything.
To make a reference to yesterday’s review, I firmly believe that things would have been different for Brian Fleming (and perhaps a lot of other New Atheists) if he had seen the church acting as it should have. I’m not saying he wouldn’t have given up on God, or wouldn’t have maybe found Him elsewhere, but I think a lot of the hostility from New Atheism and groups like the Rational Response Squad is precisely because of our poor abilities to act like Christ, because of what we’ve done in His name. Richard Dawkins (or perhaps even Fleming) would say different, I’m sure; he’s even stated that he isn’t an atheist because of some horrible religious upbringing, but because of science. I still hold out hope that, if we allow the Gospel to shine through, all these hostilities would either end, or perhaps just become insignificant. Yes, presidents will still pray at inaugurations, or politicians will accuse people of starting culture wars, but we don’t have to be that way!
Anyway, check this one out. It’s pretty awesome. See you tomorrow!