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Lord, Save Us from Your Followers | Documentary Review

by Donna G
(Milwaukee, USA)

What a great title. This documentary hits hard, but kindly, at Christians who sometimes feel it is more important to be right than to be good. Dan Merchant traveled across America asking everyday people what they thought about Christianity. Dan, himself a Christian, embarked on a journey to bring together a civil conversation about the differences and misconceptions about Christianity and the secular world.


Using tongue-in-cheek language and fun graphics, Lord Save Us From Your Followers posed that many Christians and many churches have become lost. Lost in the sense that they do not do what Jesus would do. Lost in the sense that they are more concerned with numbers and evangelical gatherings than actually holding themselves accountable first.



Lord, Save Us from Your Followers me laugh. It made me cry. It made me mad. And it made me sad.

In the end, however, we are left with hope. Hope that differing sides can find common ground rather than constantly focusing on the valleys that divide us. I'm kind of a Christian. Over the years I have found church to be empty. So I simply don't go. How many times do I have to hear the same thing over and over again. Where is the call to action? Where are the solutions? For me, the only solution the churches I attended were to pray more and be grateful that others, not you, are going to burn for eternity. This documentary should be required viewing not just for every church but for everyone. It states very well that first, you have to take care of yourself and your issues and confess that you are not the center of the universe and that you alone do not and cannot speak for God. But you and you alone can act for God. Simply believing is not enough.

Lord, Save Us from Your Followers was very well written and very well produced. This was not made by one guy who had an idea. Tons of footage from talk shows, politicians, world leaders and rock stars were used to weave together this moving story. Personally, I'm always amazed when a documentary is able to gather so many quotes, from the original source and in their own voice to tell its story? How do you get access to old Fox News footage? Then, how do you sift through thousands of hours of footage to find the one quote from President Carter that encapsulates the point you are trying to make? I don't know and in the end, I guess I don't care, really. I just know that this documentary took an extremely heavy subject matter, lifted it up, played with it and put it back down in a place where everyone, church-goer or otherwise, are placed on common ground. You cannot walk away from this film and not feel motivated to do something good, just for goodness sake.



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Feb 06, 2012
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they got it right
by: Donna

I give this documentary 5 out of 5 stars because it took a very divisive issue and broke down the divisions. It is not a documentary whose goal is to tear anything or anybody down. This is a community building story. In a time where it is so commonplace to spend an hour and a half saying why the other side is wrong, it is very refreshing to see a film that offers solutions. Subtle, simple solutions.

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