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.