This morning, I saw this clip shared of Kelsey Grammer of Frasier sitcom fame and star of the new movie Jesus Revolution and the way this movie affected Grammer is evident in this clip:
And after watching the movie in theaters last night, I gotta say I totally understand why he is so moved.
He tries to downplay his emotions and simply say it's a nice and sweet movie, but then when describing the movie he can't help but tear up when talking about how much the story of Jesus using Chuck Smith, Lonnie Frisbee, and Greg Laurie to start a revolution at the end of the hippie era affected him.
Here's the trailer:
Kelsey has often claimed to be a follower of Christ, and I pray this is true. Hopefully, this movie encourages Kelsey to grow in his faith.
I love this movie. I really love it. When we first saw the first cut, sat down in our home and Kate (Kelsey's wife) saw it, she said... "it's the best thing you've ever done!" and she started crying.
And then Kelsey also started crying while describing the scene.
And if you were with the Rigbys in the theater last night for the movie you might have teared up a little yourself.
If you're unfamiliar with the story behind The Jesus Revolution, as I was, it's the true story of how God used a pastor of a small church and a hippie who left behind the drug scene to follow Christ to become an important part of the famous Jesus Freak movement in the 70s.
The movie is far from cinematically perfect, but it's in a different league than most other "Christian movies." There was no cringe, the acting was good, and the music was fine.
This is NOT another God's Not Dead movie.
The thing that is impressive about this movie to me is how the gospel is presented, actually presented, over and over again throughout the movie.
The characters in the movie believe the real gospel about the real Jesus and are shown making real life changes through the redemptive and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.
But it's also a realistic look at what can happen to people who lose their focus and aren't firmly rooted in Christ.
There's scripture throughout used in scenes of preaching, the explanation of what Christ accomplished on the cross and how you are saved by faith is presented over and over again throughout the movie.
The movie is very hippie-sympathetic, and I am the furthest thing from pro-hippie you'll ever find, but the message is that God loves everyone, even the hippies, and you cannot love God without loving your neighbor.
It's a powerful message for Christians as well as an evangelistic tool to help reach non-Christians.