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Jesus Camp

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A movie directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

The feverish spectacle of a summer camp for evangelical Christian kids is the focus ofJesus Camp, a fascinating if sometimes alarming documentary. (Shortly after its release, the movie gained a new notoriety when Ted Haggard, president of the National … see full wiki

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Unsettling and Thought Provoking

  • Jan 5, 2011

really didn’t want to watch a documentary that would make a mockery out of my faith. But. I also know that members of my faith bubble don’t talk for me much of the time. And when Jesus Camp popped up in my NetFlix instant queue I decided to watch it. 
For starters. This film does not really twist anything, there is very little commentary, almost non-existent narration. The details speak for themselves. Editing could have presented another side. The documentary makers made a statement by picking the footage they chose, a marketing firm for Evangelical Christian training would have likely picked very different scenes. But. The facts do speak for themselves.
The raw emotion was uncomfortable to watch. Children parroting charismatic doctrine was also uncomfortable. One of the little girls, and some denominations, would label me as someone who doesn’t get it or maybe falls short of being a Christian because I don’t participate with extreme emotion when I worship, nor do I have the gift of speaking in tongues. But. That's not true. Any more than a garage making a car a car. The denominational extremes and the fragmentations have affected our children. 

This is a piece that maybe should be watched by followers of Christ and should make all Christians stop and evaluate the message they are portraying to those who don’t know Him.

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