I spent this morning watching the documentary, Lord Save Us From Your Followers. I was prompted by a note from a friend and, despite it not being on my agenda for the day, I was intrigued.
Once again, I am not sure where I have been. This film came out over a year ago. Some of it looked familiar, so I may have caught part of it on GMC or some other television cable network. But for whatever reason, what I saw before did not capture my interest enough. Perhaps I had an initial wrong impression. Perhaps I was just busy and could not watch the whole thing before. But even if that were the case, I am not sure why this went out of mind so quickly that I did not seek it out when I had the time to check it out.
The driving questions about this exploration of the Culture Wars in the United States is: Why is the Gospel of Love Dividing Our Nation? That is a great question.
Here are a few brief thoughts that come to my mind having just finished watching:
- Ouch! This cuts close to home. This film clearly reveals how we as Christians (and I personally) are at fault for much of the perception the UnBelieving Culture has about Christianity and Christians.
- I was encouraged by the responses of those who are opposed to Christianity and Christians when a Believer was willing to engage them in an honest discussion. I was moved by the power of humility, compassion, repentance and confession by the Believer. Apparently Jesus knew something when he commanded his followers to first take the plank out of our own eyes before confronting others about the specs in theirs. (Matthew 7.5) Paul, too, when he instructed the Galatians to “gently restore” those who were astray of the way of God, but that they should be careful that they did not stumble in their own sin in in the process. (Galatians 6.1)
- I am hopeful of a positive impact. But our strategic priorities must be in order. First is the reformation of the Church, including widespread repentance of God’s people for our failure to seek genuine righteousness. Only later can we expect to have any positive cultural impact. (2 Chronicles 7.14)
Now for the qualifications:
I know some who read this blog will be inclined to immediately dismiss the message behind this film because some of the theological premises expressed by those interviewed are questionable (to say it kindly), because it is not a theological discussion, and/or because some of the Christians represented do not reflect your tradition. (For the most part, this is true of mine too. Only John Perkins comes to mind who I know to share a similar theological heritage.) But to dismiss this film for any of those reasons is a sad mistake. At the very least recognize that this film depicts how a wide spectrum of our culture views us.
This documentary runs 1:42, so to watch it takes some time. I suppose it would not lessen the appreciation to break it up into segments. But I do encourage honest Believers, those interested in engaging in holistic mission to take the time, however you break it up.
To watch, click: Lord, Save Us From Your Followers