Did you happen to see the debate between Moore and Hannity last night?
Yesterday, I sat down to write a blog about why you should go see the Lord Save Us movie. Let me tell you… it was one of the best blogs I have ever written, but… as I went to click save, the wi-fi connect at Starbucks had a glitch! DOAH!
After watching the debate last night, I quickly realized how glad I was for that wi-fi glitch. But, to be safe, I’m writing this from Manhattan Cafe in Portland, Oregon. (Best coffee in town.)
Lord Save Us from Your Followers is a movie that well deserves its time on the big screen. And after watching the debate last night about Michael Moore and his latest movie, which takes on capitalism… I would even say it is a movie that deserves much more time at the theaters beyond the run of the latest Moore flick.
I say this because, while Moore takes on an important topic in capitalism, it can also be seen as an easy target. What his debate with Hannity reminded me of was that while capitalism might be an easier target(albeit an important one), the Lord Save Us movie is one that aims for the very heart of that target.
For one, can we find two more completely opposite personalities than Hannity and Moore to sit down and discuss this? It was a fascinating interview that found some common ground as well as had Jesus as a major thread throughout.
I cannot think of a better life level application for that which Lord Save Us discusses than with what this debate reflected.
- When is the last time you or I sat down across from someone who is 100% (in perception) opposed to everything you or I are?
- When is the last time we decided to empty our hands of those stones we are clutching, and reach out with those now emptied hands wide open to embrace one that is not on our side or perhaps does not believe in that which we believe in? All of which for the simple fact of learning what their story is… or… how they got to be where they are.
One of my favorite parts of the LSU movie is when Dan visits a rally in San Francisco. The rally was being hosted by a very well known organization that holds Christian events for teenagers. Matter of fact, the events draw thousands of youth and has had some of the top music talent out there performing at them. While the students were demonstrating on the steps of city hall in the heart of “all that is evil” San Francisco, another group is shouting back at them. That group was filled with people from the gay community… (watch video below to continue story.)
…As the movie continues on this discussion with Sister Mary Timothy, you begin to hear a story of what shaped the life of this person… heartbeat. What is even more inspiring is the ongoing dialogue Dan kept with Sister Mary Timothy. (…post making of the movie.)
What inspires me here is that we all have a story, but too often, we don’t slow down enough to engage with someone long enough to hear their story. Instead, we are left to make snap judgements. And, of course, it is said, that which comes out of the mouth… is that which reflects the state of our heart.
In this, we find the beauty that can be found when we learn to stop talking and start listening and acting out in a way that most reflects Jesus and that not of ourselves.
Another part of the movie that had me crying my eyes out was when a local radio personality from Portland went to Africa with a group from World Vision. There, she witnessed acts not words. In this, there was left no room for doubt as to why people were helping the least of these… half a world away.
For me, watching the movie was like leaving an appointment with the eye doctor. It changed the way I looked at life and those around me. Suddenly, I just didn’t see that street kid wake up from a long night on the sidewalk and immediately rush to a garbage can to fend for a meal. Suddenly, I wondered first… what is his story? Does he have a family? How did he get here? (This was my regular experience when commuting across town on lightrail.)
How often are these our initial thoughts?
Without giving too much more away, I just want you to go see this movie for yourself. But, please also take some friends and start the dialogue. If nothing else, taking more friends means more tickets sold means more money made for the makers. (Because, perhaps that’s capitalism at its finest.)
But, chances are, the dialogue this will start, will be one that hits the heart and then reflects in the action. (If we allow it.)
After all… that is the heart of the target… isn’t it?
For more on this movie, click here.