Lord, Save Us from Your Followers: Why Is the Gospel of Love Dividing America? by Dan MerchantWhy is the Gospel of Love dividing America? Fed up with the angry, strident language filling the airwaves that has come to represent the Christian faith, author, director, and follower Dan Merchant set out to explore the collision of faith and culture in America. What is all this fighting really about? The book and upcoming documentary represent a two-year effort to join the battlefield in hopes of getting a conversation started. The result is a book full of offbeat observations, fun anecdotes, comedic bits and in-depth interviews. From Dans hilarious bumper-sticker interviews with folks on the street to his unique Confession Booth event inspired by his meeting with Tony, the Beat Poet, from Blue Like Jazz, he delves into all the hot button issues with candor, humor and balance.
Includes exclusive interviews with Al Franken, Rick Santorum, Tony Campolo, conservative radio host Michael Reagan, USA Today columnist Tom Krattenmaker, Pastor Rick Warren, and even Sister Mary Timothy of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as well as many more.
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Imagine if every Christian walked around totally at peace, full of joy and the trademarks of us all were faithfulness and reliability. Would there be more Christians? Sounds easy, lol. The Bible alternately likens us to a branch or a tree or a vine; connected to Christ, getting our sustenance from Him and, like a tree, producing fruit in keeping with our source. In Matthew 7 Jesus says that Christian imitators will produce bad fruit and His disciples will produce good fruit.
Merchant's assessment: we're more known for our "devils" than we are for our God, and we've got to do something about it. Lord, Save Us was actually released on DVD last year, when CT Movies ran an interview with Merchant , and it has since been screened at venues from evangelical churches to liberal universities. Now it is making a limited theatrical run. For a list of theaters, click here. The film is a large-scale critique, but it's wrapped around a personal narrative. Merchant briefly recounts his conservative evangelical upbringing—which included a lot of The Club —and then brings viewers up to the point when he felt compelled to make this film.
As I was carrying my clothes from a Laundromat some years ago, I saw a few bumper stickers on the car next to mine. I love to read bumper stickers. They are a window into the mind of the owner of the vehicle. Whether they are expressing humor, travel, love, anger or hate, they tell a little story about what that particular person is like or what he or she has experienced. One of the bumper stickers on this particular car intrigued me. It made me wonder about the owner of the car and what might have happened to bring on these feelings. Did this person not believe in God?