What’s Your Story?

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Six months ago I announced my newest film project on Facebook. Since then, a number of people have asked me what it’s about. Many of my churchgoing friends assume it’s an effort at recapturing the backsliding Christians in America; the more secular ones believe it’s my well-rehearsed rant against the institution of modern religion. So, which is it?

With tongue firmly in cheek, I have to admit: it’s both. It’s so easy for people to gravitate to the extremes in any socio-moral spectrum, and that’s exactly what has happened with modern American Christianity. You have fundamentals on one side, fighting for conservative politics and traditional church services; on the other, radical free-spirits who buck systemized spiritual organization found amongst liberals and moderates alike. But a community divided cannot stand. A balance needs finding, and I’ll beat it over people’s heads if I have to.

That said, I’m a brand-spanking new filmmaker; the umbilical cord hasn’t even been cut yet. I have no lofty dreams of uniting Christians nationwide under one banner, or even reaching a large audience. But with a camera, a computer, and a vision, I’m willing to see what might happen, on a personal level, if the subject is opened to my family, friends, and peers.

So what’s your story? Where do you stand?

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One Response to “What’s Your Story?”

  1. Hack Says:
    August 27th, 2008 at 5:23 am

    I’m going to have to say, that I’ve seen both sides of the church you describe above- I’ve actually been in both sides! I’ve gone from thinking the “traditional” old-time church people were just a bunch of pew sitters lost in religion- to understanding that many of them have deep spiritual lives that I’ve not seen. And I’ve gone from thinking that God must grieve to see all these different denominations and divisions- to thinking that denominations may actually help bring more believers into His Kingdom. People are so different from each other- and what draws one person to God won’t be the same as what draws another person to God. While one person is drawn to hymns played by the pipe organ (…ugh…) the next is drawn by expressive praise.
    So is the community really divided or should it be viewed more as “many pieces of the same pie”. Are these the kind of divisions and factions Paul is referring to in Galatians and Corinthians? I think they can be- when there is nonacceptance of what is foreign to us. By nonacceptance I mean the pride that says “my way is the best way”.
    All that really matters is that we believe the simple gospel of our Saviour Jesus Christ. And as each of us are as different as snowflakes we take what we have and go into the world with the good news. Our biggest problems with division in the church is that we focus on ourselves way too much. OK. I’m done rambling.