06 October, 2006

The Culture Of Christ

Courtesy of Trashley (via NiT) I've learned of a new film coming out called Jesus Camp.

A growing number of Evangelical Christians believe there is a revival underway in America whereby Christian youth must take up the leadership of the conservative Christian movement. ... The film follows these children at camp as they hone their prophetic gifts and are schooled in how to take back America for Christ. The film is a first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America's political future.

I had a lot to say, but most of it was already said fairly well by this man.

I do think, however, it is important to realise that many things within the Christian culture that are not exactly how they sound. I grew up singing The Lord's Army in Children's Church. Partially because it's one of those action-songs that wears the little kids out, and partially to communicate to our childbrains that even though we are not marching in the infantry or flying bombing missions we are engaged in spiritual warfare. Granted, there are some splinter groups that think an outgrowth of spiritual warfare is to engage in physical warfare. I don't hold to this view, and neither do the overwhelming majority of Christians.

I think movies like Jesus Camp are valuable, as long as they are in proper context. It's good to see some of the various ways people believe. But I am SO not looking forward to the endless reams of people who will hold up the exceptions of Jesus Camp to prove some sort of rule within their head.


At 3:01 PM, October 06, 2006, Blogger Malia said...

Phil blogged about this recently (here). The segment from Maher's show is quite interesting.

At 9:00 PM, October 06, 2006, Anonymous Jon said...

Jesus Camp is the American Christian 'Taliban' exposed. Like the Taliban in Afghanistan, this dangerous fanatical fundamentalism is growing in America. Like the Taliban, extremist religious fundamentalism in any form is one of the most threatening aspects of our society, and of humanity as a whole.


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