Catching Up

2 09 2009

Are you new to the whole Lord, Save Us From Your Followers concept? Just finding out about this film that opens in theaters across the country on September 25? Then, welcome to the conversation.

A form of this film has been here, there, and everywhere for more than a year now. Of course, the version you will see later this month has ALL NEW CLIPS and EXCITING NEW ADVENTURES … or whatever it is marketers would say to let you know that it’s been updated to capture some of the latest news about civil discourse (or lack thereof).

Before we take you to what people are saying about the Theatrical Release Version of Lord, Save Us, we want to take you back to what early viewers said and wrote about the film.

Join the conversation by letting us know your thoughts after you read through theirs.

Sojourners, Cathleen Falsani:

“Perhaps the most powerfully moving scenes involve Christian volunteers who regularly set up camp in an area of Portland, Oregon, frequented by homeless folks, providing health care, washing and cutting their hair, even bathing their feet. That quiet service, unconditional love, and hands-on compassion, Merchant says, is what Christianity really is. And that’s a message that cannot be heard if it’s shouted.”

Christianity Today, Brandon Fibbs

“Merchant is ready with a quick answer for what he sees as Christianity’s principal failings. With a nonchalant manner that miraculously never comes across as judgmental, Merchant zeroes in on politicians who use God to win elections, Christian organizations who bait the world and then cry foul when the world fights back, religious leaders who set themselves up to interpret global events as God’s wrath, and the church’s attitude toward abortion and homosexuality as its pet sins.

“Wherever he goes, Merchant runs into the same situation—non-believers who don’t have a problem with Jesus, but vehemently dislike many who claim Him. For Merchant, their ability to separate faith from founder with such ease indicates a disastrous PR problem for Christianity.

“What makes the film so powerful is its intractable ability to embrace both the baby and the bathwater. This is a film made by a follower, and therein lies its unique musculature. Merchant never lets us forget the powerful words of St. Augustine: ‘The church is a whore, but she is my mother.’

“Lord Save Us From Your Followers is incisive and fair, goofily funny and deeply moving. There is no watering down of the gospel. Merchant knows sin when he sees it. He simply finds the plank in his own eye of greater importance than the mite in his neighbor’s.”

Relevant Magazine, Rebecca Cusey
“Using interviews, humor, and man-on-the-street conversations, the film attempts to move away from the ‘us vs. them’ mentality that Merchant feels has tainted the Christian message. … ‘Christians who actually give of themselves on a daily basis—it’s a tiny fraction,’ he says.”

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