The just lately launched Jesus Revolution movie is a faith-based drama centered on the lives of three evangelical Christians who have been concerned at first of the Jesus motion in Southern California within the late Sixties and early Seventies. The film is predicated on the 2018 e book written by Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn that bears the identical title.
The compressed story line focuses first on Lonnie Frisbee (performed by Jonathan Roumie), the quintessential hippie avenue preacher who has rejected the counterculture mantra of intercourse, medicine, and rock-n-roll to observe Jesus—but he retains his hippie persona. The charming and articulate Frisbee seeks to assist his legion of hippie mates discover true peace and love within the Savior. Frisbee has an opportunity encounter with Pastor Chuck Smith (performed by Kelsey Grammer) who’s at first bowled over by Frisbee and his hippie entourage. Smith pastors a small, languishing congregation and is initially reluctant to ask his new countercultural mates. However Frisbee convinces Smith to open his church to the throng of hippie-oriented believers who’ve come to Southern California. Some congregants go away however Smith’s church quickly explodes in attendance.
Frisbee additionally meets a teen named Greg Laurie (performed by Joel Courtney) who has had a tough residence life and is trying to find enduring solutions to life’s questions. Laurie tries the drug life-style and discovers that it significantly overpromises and underproduces. Via his rising friendship with Frisbee and Smith, Laurie turns into a believer in Jesus and can go on to play a major function within the rising Jesus motion in Southern California. The film additionally features a heartfelt love story between Laurie and a younger Jesus follower named Cathe (performed by Anna Grace Barlow) who finally turns into his spouse.
The three central figures within the movie would go on to considerably affect what Time journal known as the Jesus Revolution—Frisbee by his affiliation with the indicators and wonders motion of the Winery church buildings, Smith by the fast unfold of Calvary Chapel church buildings, and Laurie by the megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship and the Harvest Campaign occasions, which prolong nationwide and past.
As I watched this pleasant film and thought of it later, a lot of reflections got here to thoughts.
First, the movie jogged my memory of the delicate human situation all of us encounter. We’re all in search of that means, function, and significance in life. Perhaps the countercultural younger individuals of the 60s and 70s have been extra conscious and open about their inside existential longings and wishes than most.
Second, the Lord Jesus Christ redeems individuals of all backgrounds, social courses, training ranges, cultures, and nationalities. Christ has a real common church. You don’t need to agree with all of the options of the fashionable Jesus motion to understand how many individuals have come to know Jesus by it. Greg Laurie’s non secular starvation and quest are, at coronary heart, like these of different seekers in church historical past—Saint Augustine, Blaise Pascal, C. S. Lewis, and so forth. That’s, the human coronary heart universally displays the picture of God and may solely finally be fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lastly, I used to be glad the movie confirmed a few of the theological issues and messiness of such a motion. At one level, Frisbee claims to be a prophet and must be confronted and corrected. Christians are known as to be doctrinally discerning even inside actions that introduce untold numbers of individuals to Jesus.
Watch the film and let me know what you assume (@RTB_KSamples).
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