Best Spiritual Documentary of 2008
Judges' Award Winner and People's Choice Award Winner: 'Lord Save Us From Your Followers'
Filmmaker Dan Merchant has one burning question: "Why is the ‘Gospel of Love' dividing America?" Merchant draws on a variety of film devices--from man-on-the-street commentary to animated shorts to exclusive interviews with controversial figures like black preacher-politican Al Sharpton, liberal evangelical Tony Campolo, and conservative radio host Michael Regan—in his search for answers to why Christian faith in America has come to be represented by divisive language and actions.
The film, says BFA judge Brandon Fibbs, helps Christians "to see what we really look like to those on the outside looking in. … Christianity, [Merchant] contends, is far more interested in the gospel of being right than the gospel of Jesus Christ." But if Christianity supposed to be built on the foundation of "loving the unlovable," then what does that say about the face of Christianity in America today?
For more on "Lord Save Us From Your Followers," read the Beliefnet Interview with Dan Merchant.