The World According to kcillini77

March 31, 2007

Jesus Camp

Filed under: America,Christianity,Family,Movies — kcillini77 @ 1:53 pm

I guess my recent posts are revolving around movies. I don’t intend this site to be a movie review site, but lately movies have prompted thought for me so they are jumping off points.

This morning I took in the documentary Jesus Camp. I found it to be very thought-provoking. I know that there are many within the church who will refuse to view this film on the grounds that it was made by non-evangelicals and must have an anti-evangelical focus. I would contend that this is an important film for Christians to evaluate. This was an accurate portrayal of the participants – no one who was filmed has complained with the exception of Ted Haggard, and he’s got his own separate problems to deal with.

The only issue I have with this movie is the repeated use of the term “evangelical” in sidebars could easily lead many outside of the church to conclude that the behavior presented in the movie is typical of all evangelical churches. It is not. The people who are documented here are clearly pentacostal, and not all pentacostal churches would go to the extremes portrayed here, either. Speaking in tongues, particularly during a service, is not something you would ever see in most churches, due to both the controversy over whether tongues are even a spiritual gift in existence today and the admonisions in the Bible not to speak in tongues in public without an interpretation.  The uncritical endorsement of Republican politics is more widespread, but does not characterize all evangelical churches.  The condemnation of abortion is rightfully held to by most evangelicals, but the methods of conveying this vary widely.

The reason I think it is important for Christians to watch this movie is to observe the clear manipulation of emotions that is taking place between the adults and children in the film. It is easy to get a child to cry about their need for Jesus and to get them to weep over the horrors of abortion, and even to get them to attempt to speak to strangers about their faith. However, these emotional appeals, when not grounded firmly on reason and scripture, are sure to dissipate as they grow older. Emotions are God-given gifts, and we need them. But far more than wild swings of emotion over politically charged issues, our children need a firm foundation in the Word, and an example of service and giving.

I want to raise my children to be like Christ and to follow him through faith, reason, and actions. I don’t want them to be manipulated by emotional appeals. This film truly shows the effects of such actions.


  1. I saw previews for this movie on a conservative network and they were pretty harsh. But even from the clips I saw it looked like a worth-while view! Especially for Christians who are willing to view it critically and, most importantly, honestly. Guess I’ll have to spend some of my down-time after Brayden’s born watching it. Oh wait, Down-time?

    Comment by Joshua — April 7, 2007 @ 9:06 am | Reply

  2. Yeah…even the preview made me pretty uncomfortable. But that is probably why I need to see it. Thank you for the review. I doubt that we will even have time for it..being that we leave and are packing every second. Except for this second that I am writing this comment…but I am thankful for you and am glad that you make me think about things.

    Comment by kristiapplesauce — April 9, 2007 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

  3. I saw a preview on youtube about few months ago and I was thinking to myself, where do they get these people from?
    One kid said… “We’re training to be warriors. Only in a much funner way.” 😮

    Comment by samlee — April 12, 2007 @ 8:25 am | Reply

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