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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Eric Nenninger, Jack Maxwell, Chelsey Crisp, Nayo Wallace, Gregory Zarian, Mark Arnold, Tyler Neitzel, Dylan Sprayberry, Bobby Ray Shafer, Jeff Witzke, Renee Crawford
Reconciliation is a groundbreaking, provocative story about an estranged father and son struggling to overcome the heartbreaking consequences of their past.
Reconciliation (2011) | Review
A Talk with the Creators, Part II
And hopefully, this level of integrity will inspire Godly men and women to reach out and become the hands and feet of Christ.
ML: As part of that integrity, Jesus taught that we are to first take the plank out of our own eye before removing the speck from our brother's eye. What do you think is the church's biggest "plank" when it comes to homosexuality? What is the homosexual community's biggest "plank" when it comes to the Church?Chris J: I think the Church sees the speck of homosexuality in someone's eye and forgets the plank of our own sexual sins: adultery, fornication, pornography, lust, etc.
I think the homosexual community sees the speck of judgmentalism in the Church's eye and forgets the plank of bitterness and judgmentalism in their own eye.
Chad A: The biggest "plank" for everyone is pride. Even in our finite minds, mankind couldn't create a proper unbiblical "hierarchy of sin." Over the decades, many within the Church have considered "homosexuality" to be an unforgivable sin above all others. But, anyone that hasn't surrendered their life to the Lord, no matter their sexual orientation, is guilty of the same prideful characteristics.
Pride causes us not to see God for who He truly is in His many facets. Pride causes us to be disobedient. Pride causes people to not repent and be teachable in the Lord's ways. Pride causes people to turn away from the one, true and living God. Instead, they seek false gods that will allow them to be, in essence, their own god, so they can make up their own rules that will work for their lifestyle.
Maybe a person has been hurt by someone in the Church and uses that as an excuse to not follow Christ. My answer is start putting your faith, trust and hope in Christ, not people, because sooner or later everyone will disappoint you.
ML: (spoiler warning) In your film, the main character plans to have his father's partner interact with his own son in the future. How do you imagine that "sequel" playing out for a family with a solid faith in Christ? Or... How might Grant raise his son differently than he was raised?Chad A: That's interesting, because I actually look at Grant's character as being someone that has professed to be a Christian for a long time, but doesn't necessarily "walk the walk." But as we watch Grant interact in this uncomfortable environment, we see his faith being stretched, and we actually get to see the Lord grow his faith in the movie. Grant has a lot of healing and learning to do in his own life, but we see the beginning of him truly starting to understand the gospel.
We see him starting to understand his own brokenness. We see him take responsibility for his mistakes and the encouraging thing is, we see that he has also learned from his mistakes. It's almost as if we start to see Grant no longer looking at all the labels the world has created. He doesn't see a person's skin color, religious belief, sexual orientation, political party, economic status, nationality, etc. Instead, he starts to see people how God sees all of us: his creation separated by the brokenness brought upon by sin. What would it look like if the Church started to drop labels and instead looked at people how God looks upon each of us?
There are two kinds of broken people in this world: those that follow the Lord, and those that don't. If we drop labels and look at people through God's lens, how should a Christian family respond to anyone that doesn't know the Lord? Is that family being an example of living out the gospel? Does that family have a double standard or hierarchy of sin when it comes to family, friends, strangers or themselves? Are the husband and wife properly raising their children in the ways of the Lord?
In the movie, we see a cycle of broken father/son relationships being passed down through the generations of this family. And we see the consequences of that broken bond, that loss of love. While Grant has received the unconditional and perfect love from his Heavenly Father, he also gets to experience a glimpse of it as he reconciles with his biological father. In doing so, Grant truly starts to appreciate his Heavenly Father's love, forgiveness, patience, mercy and compassion. Through the example on the cross and the reconciliation with his dad, Grant is given an opportunity to break this vicious cycle that has plagued the generations of his family. Grant now knows the importance of that bond, that love, and the necessity to raise his son in the Lord's ways.
ML: Chris?Chris J: I think it's important for each audience member to answer those questions himself or herself. I don't want my take to interfere with others wrestling with the same questions.
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