Lord, Save Us From Your Followers
PG-13
Entertainment: +4
Acceptability: +3

Lord, Save Us From Your Followers is a documentary by Christian Dan Merchant that examines the question, “Why is the Gospel of Love dividing America?” The film will be in limited release again this 2/26/10. The DVD will be released on April 20.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Lord, Save Us From Your Followers explores how secular America really sees Christians and realistically exposes: “how effective is the impact we are really having?”  The film’s creator and director Dan Merchant conducted exclusive interviews with comedian/Senatorial candidate Al Franken, former Senator and Religious Right inside man Rick Santorum, noted “liberal evangelical” Tony Campolo, conservative radio host Michael Reagan and racial reconciliation activist Dr. John Perkins.  Lord, Save Us From Your Followers also features interviews with Bono, George Clooney, Pastor Rick Warren (Purpose Driven Life), James Dobson, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, as no stone is left unturned in this engaging, unpredictable and challenging look at the conflict over religion in America. In the tradition of entertaining documentaries like Super Size MeBowling for Columbine and What the Bleep Do We Know?, Lord, Save Us From Your Followers  employs the language of pop culture to create a provocative, amusing and redemptive film-going experience.  With the successful use of man-on-the-street encounters with “Bumpersticker Man,” a “Culture Wars” game show, a moving “Confession Booth” at a gay pride event (where Merchant himself actually does the confessing).

The film is a conversation piece as it covers all the hot button issues with candor, humor and balance.

PREVIEW REVIEW: For me, by the end of the film, the resentment for those anti-Christian was replaced by compassion. Indeed, this documentary reminds us of Christ’s command to love one another. Often when we are strident in our views, we lose sight of the Holy Spirit’s purpose. Live the life and answer the questions with an empathy that overrides a desire to win a debate. That’s what the film says to me and why I will watch it several times throughout my life.

Rated PG-13 for mature subject matter.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Big Finish Media

Summary
Crude Language: None.
Obscene Language: None.
Profanity: None.
Violence: None.
Sexual Intercourse: None.
Nudity: None.
Homosexual Conduct: None.
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None.
Drug Abuse: None.
Other: None.
Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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