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It has been said that the Jesus movement of the 60s-70s was the greatest spiritual awakening America has ever seen.
What was so impactful about the movement…and… do we believe it can happen again?
Here is what the Christian Post wrote about the movie:
“Jesus Revolution, an overtly faith-based film highlighting the revival that took place in the ’60s and ’70s, surpassed expectations on opening weekend, finishing at No. 3 at the box office. “Jesus Revolution” follows Greg Laurie in the 1970s as he searches for truth and meaning on the West Coast. There, he meets a charismatic young evangelist, Lonnie Frisbee, who introduces him to Jesus and invites wandering youth to church, challenging traditional church culture. What followed was a countercultural movement that continues to impact society and the Church today.”
This film was enjoyable because we loved seeing something that highlighted a period in time where so many people were coming to Christ. Additionally, we both have connections to this movement and the location, as we grew up around the areas it showed in the movie and we experienced the aftermath of the movement. For example, Aaron’s parents were saved at the tail end of the movement, he was raised directly down the road from Greg Laurie’s church Harvest Christian Fellowship, and was baptized at a Harvest church camp as a young teen. Jen also grew up going to Anaheim Stadium for the Harvest crusade every summer. Overall, this movement is a part of our faith stories as it is for many, and the film was so nostalgic for us.
Certain aspects of the film made us uncomfortable as there are things that happened that we don’t have experience with or might disagree with theologically and the film itself made note that there was a vast difference theologically between Lonnie and Chuck Smith. There were also hard moments throughout the film; however, the movie also revealed the brokenness of the people involved in the movement through these moments, which reminded us that God has always used the weak or foolish things of the world to accomplish His purposes.
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
1 Corinthians 1:27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
Here are the questions and impressions we were left with at the end of the movie….
- Can a revival movement happen like this again in our day?
- What would it look like?
- Who are the people that have been forgotten or overlooked?
Watching this film, it makes sense that the war in our culture is over “what is truth” “own your truth” “my truth.”
There are many people not looking for truth anymore; instead, they are defining it themselves. This movie made us hope for a revival in the church where we love each other the way we have been called to love each other. Where believers do not neglect fellowship with one another, or are autonomous, hidden away and lacking in Christian fellowship, but rather have close and fruitful relationships with one another.
This movie was nostalgic and inspiring, but something to watch with discernment. We can enjoy and learn from movies and media, but it is also something to ponder and discuss with your spouse or other believers. Remember as with anything, to take it with a grain of salt because it is a theatrical take on real life events. Remember to never use a movie in order to learn doctrine or to form your biblical views. Enjoy it for what it is and do your own research.