This movie starred Robert Duvall in the late 1990s. I just watched this movie. It seemed to get great reviews. I have a problem with this movie. This movie seems to make the main character into some sort of hero. The main character is a preacher. He cheats on his wife and is violent. Then, his wife cheats on him and he gets mad and beats his wife’s lover with a baseball bat in front of his children. Then he flees town (abandons wife and children) and starts a new life/church a few states away. He is a popular preacher and “saves” some people. He tries to have an affair with another married woman. Then the police find him and takes him away to jail, where he is evangelizing again.
In the midst of his constant talking, I don’t hear him say he is sorry once! I think he is a coward for fleeing town and abandoning his wife and children. He apparently is conscience of the fact he will be found out one day, but that doesn’t stop him from doing the will of Jesus and starting another church and another affair and beating up another person until he is finally caught for his first crime.
I realize we are all sinners, but I just can’t believe it would be God’s will to skip town after his bad behavior instead of repenting. I am sure God wouldn’t want him to leave his wife, who he is still married to.
The main character seems to think he is suffering for Jesus when he gets caught and that is just the way things happen in life.
Does anyone out there share my opinion or have another?