Has anyone heard about this documentary? It was on A&E a few nights ago. We watched the whole thing. I think A&E had an agenda in airing the program especially so close to the primaries. Maybe to demonstrate that Christians have an agenda. (Hey, why shouldn’t Christians have an agenda? Every other interest group out there has an agenda; a plan. There is nothing wrong with having a plan and implementing said plan. If the NRA sends a lobbyist to Washington that’s okay but Christians shouldn’t lobby for what they believe in?? This is one topic that raises my ire – another word that isn’t used very often anymore).
Before I write any farther I want to acknowledge that I understand in any type of documentary, things are left out. I am sure there were some positive things about Christianity that hit the cutting floor. I am also certain that the film makers had an agenda of their own. With that in mind…precede.
There were some things in the documentary that I found disturbing. I wish the woman youth pastor had used a little more wisdom when talking to the radio commentator. Christians have every right to teach their children what they believe about God. And she had a very good point that in other countries they are training their from a young age for holy wars. But she came off sounding a little ignorant on the radio.
This reminds me of a Jeff Foxworthy bit. He says in the south they always seem to find the “brightest among us” to put on tv. You know the woman with curlers in her hair saying, “The tornado went right over our trailer. We could have dead or worse. All I could think was Charlene has my Tupperware dish”. The media always seems to find the “brightest” among the Christians too…that’s just a whole other post.
What I found disturbing was the children talking about things (deep doctrinal issues) that I am certain they do not understand; things I barely have a grasp on. They are kids…they need the fundamentals; Jesus love you, Jesus took your place and died on the cross for you, He rose from the dead. They need to be taught the Word; like John 3:16 and Proverbs 3:5-6. At the camp the children were told they had all this sin and they needed to repent. (How much sin can an 9 year old have??) I felt like they were teaching the children that if they have one “bad” thought they are a sinner and not saved. One child admitted he had doubts about the gospel, the whole room became silent, adults and children just looked at him like he was crazy. It was one of the most authentic moments in the film. I wanted to sit down with that child and ask him, “What questions do you have? What part of this do you not understand?”. They just all looked at him like he was a heretic.
Did anyone else watch this documentary? If so any comments or thoughts?
I just read a pretty good blog on the film…much more detailed than this one.