Documentary on Gospel Dividing America Hits Big Screen

Churches are buying hundreds of tickets to get their flocks and unchurched friends to see the newly released “Lord, Save Us From Your Followers.”

The documentary exploring the curious question “Why is the gospel of love dividing America?” hit select theaters last month and is stirring dialogue especially in Christian circles.

“This is a movie designed to start a dialogue about our culture and Jesus,” said Rob Cizek, executive pastor at Northshore Christian Church in Everett, Wash., according to the movie website. “You have an opportunity to invite a friend to see this film in a local movie theater. This is important. It can be much easier to invite skeptical friends to a movie theater than to church. After the movie, plan to grab a bite and talk about what you have seen.”

Directed by Dan Merchant, an evangelical Christian, the documentary explores how America has become divided over religion and how conversations about Christianity have been reduced to sayings that fit on bumper stickers.

“To me, the division of America, this separateness, isn’t getting any of us anywhere,” Merchant says in a book by the same title. “And both sides are making the same mistake: they think the so-called culture war is a winnable war. Some think, eventually, one side will win out over the other. I don’t see it that way.”

It’s time that people stop shouting and start listening, Merchant says.

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What a terrible way to preach.

[quote=article referencing the film’s director]He realized that Christians were “way more comfortable with being right than they were with trying to do the hard thing of loving one another,” he said on the Today Show.

Instead of being so quick to fight, Christians need to return to what Jesus preached as the most important commandment, which is to love one another, Merchant said.

“There’s the gospel of being right and the gospel of love,” he said after a showing in Portland, Ore., according to The Oregonian.

How sad. Merchant needs to realize that those two gospels exist simultaneously and in concert. You are not preaching love if you are not preaching what is right.

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