This was a great movie that really showed God's Love, Forgiveness and Salvation. This move shows that God can Save and Change us. This movie also shows that God will use us in other people's lives also. A wonderful film.
It's been sometime since I watched the movie, but seeing as how all but one person gives this a high rating, I thought to shed light on my concerns towards this movie.
Both my roomate and I agree on these points.
1st, the pastor in the movie decides to take revenge into his own hands when a drug dealer fatally beats up a young man. The pastor says "Vengance is mine, saith the Lord!" as he is beating on the drug dealer.
Tell me, does this promote the attitude Jesus would have us have? Does this encourage the fruit of the Spirit? Nowhere after this scene does the pastor apologize for his actions, nor does the movie portray this behavior as wrong.
2nd, the pastor and drug dealer go head to head again inside a church, with the drug dealer threatening to kill the pastor. After a weird and unrealistic turn of events, the drug dealer goes from threatening to kill the pastor to him handing the gun over to the pastor, saying "the old man needs to die." Sure, this principle is true, but my roomate and I looked at eachother and thought it was a concerning way to end the movie. If you watch it, you may see what I mean.
Others have said that it depicts a way of life in the ghetto, and I give full support to that, but this movie doesn't seem to promote the attitude Christ would have us have.
"Keeping it real". I know hearing someone saying that phrase may sound cheesy at times to the nearby listener, especially if that someone is white like me, but it is a true life statement. One of the biggest complaints about Christianity from outsiders is "there are too many phonies and hypocrites". I agree with that complaint, in fact Jesus said the same thing to the Pharisees too; though everyone at times is guilty of being one. Saving God is a film which keeps it real in that their approach was uniquely addressed to both Christians and agnostics. I am not an expert on this, but I would also argue this was a decent film in addressing life on the streets.
Saving God is about a Reverend who returns to his community after serving a 15 year sentence, which he has sincerely repented of ever committing. Reverend Armstrong Cain is taking over his father's church, which rests in the middle of the ghetto, and it has certainly seen better days... The Reverend struggles through trials such as repairing the church, dealing with financial difficulties, facing the critics who aren't very forgiving of his past, and reaching the lost souls around him. While in the restoring process, Armstrong Cain meets a lost soul named Norris who is trying to sell drugs next door. At first when meeting the Reverend, Norris isn't very open to what is said, despite Reverend Cain saving his life. As Norris occasionally runs into the Reverend, his drug dealer Boss Blaze, his grandma, and his girlfriend Norris' priorities begin to change. Norris is tired of feeling like he is worthless and he is also tired of being mistreated. The reopening of Armstrong's church changes many of the lives within the ghetto.
This was intense. I was almost expecting this to be very corny, unrealistic, and stereotypical; since a lot of people don't understand that particular culture. Although I'll admit I am not someone who understand a lot about life in the ghetto, from what I could tell this movie orchestrated an accurate depiction; though cities vary of course. Although the movie was dark at times, I felt the mood and most of the story made sense and was threaded well into place. I enjoyed hearing some of the Reverend's responses to his trials and critics. I also liked how they turned the word "thug" into a Christianized Acronym "True Heroes Under God". I was surprised to see despite the ghetto setting, the characters didn't swear. I was pleased to hear Jesus being preached, though more time could have been spent on this. The ending confused me at first, but after thinking about it, while writing this review, I was able to determine how things went as they did. Overall not a bad movie and a movie worth sharing with lost souls especially.
This movie is realistic in depicting truth in a way many would relate to. He that win souls is wise. I don't believe Christian movies should only be watched by Christians just as secular movies are not only watched by unbelievers. Thank God his perception is so much broader than ours can ever be. In fact, God being all knowing knows excatly what vehicle to use for each person to bring them to truth. This movie draws all audiences. Many of us who call ourselves Christians need to stop living in the bubble and start reaching out of the bubble into the world many people experiencing real hurts/pains live in and don't know how to deal with. Jesus touched those types of people and did not limit Himself to the bubble. He walked in humility although He was God and has adomished us all to do the same. This movie is one way of doing it. Well done!