I'm going to post some scenes and write/blog about the documentary film, Jesus Camp, over the next few days. I just watched it the other night, and I believe it's an important film for all Americans to see. The film is presented without bias and does not pass specific judgment on any of the individuals appearing in the film or their message. I'm sure those who are more open and leftist will find the movie shocking and disturbing, while those on the right and believers in Evangelical Christianity will find the film truthful and offering hope for their future goals.
On a personal level, I seek truth and understanding in all aspects of life. I ask a lot of questions. I seek evidence before forming an opinion, and I don't accept things because "someone told me so" or because a book written a few hundred or a few thousand years ago "proclaimed it".
Having studied public policy, international affairs, and terrorism, I am a VERY firm believer in the separation of church and state. I do not believe in any form of religious fundamentalism, and in my opinion there is very little difference between Evangelical Christianity and Islamic Fundamentalism... or for that matter what NAZI Germany espoused in its message of a superior Aryan race pre-World War II. The foundation behind all three is the lack of acceptance of anyone that is different. The idea that their beliefs are true and righteous, and everyone else is wrong, of lesser value in this world, or going to "hell".
So, here I present the first 20 minutes or so of the film Jesus Camp. I urge all of you to go out and rent it.
Jesus Camp: S1-5
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25% of Americans describe themselves as Evangelical Christians = 80 million people
75% of home-schooled kids in America are Evangelical Christians.
Interesting quotes from this segment:
"God can do anything. God can fix the world. This is a sick world. Well, then, let's just fix this whole world... Kids you gotta change things. We hold the keys .We can change the world."
"God I'm here to be trained. I'm willing God. I'll do what you want me to do. I'll say what you want me to say."
I can go into a playground of kids that don't know anything about Christianity. I can lead them to the Lord in just no time at all, and in no time, they can be seeing visions. They are so open and so usable in Christianity.
If you look at the world's population, 1/3 of that 6.7 billion people are children under the age of 15... Where should we be putting our efforts? Where should we be putting our focus?
I'll tell you where our enemies are putting it. They're putting it on the kids. They're going into the schools. You go into Palestine, and I can take you to some websites that will absolutely shake you to your foundations, and show you photographs of where they take their kids to camps, like we take our kids to bible camps. And they're putting hand-grenades in their hands. They're teaching them how to put on bomb-belts. They're teaching them how to use rifles and machine-guns. It's no wonder that with that kind of intense training and discipling, that those young people are ready to kill themselves for the cause of Islam.
I want to see young people who are as committed to the cause of Jesus Christ, as the young people are to the cause of Islam. I want to see them as radically laying down their lives for the Gospel as they are over in Pakistan, in Israel, in Palestine, and all those different places.
You know, because we have, excuse me, because we have the truth.
I will say there is a friendlier environment now in the United States towards Christianity, than there has been in my lifetime. And a lot of it has to do, just in the last few years, with President Bush. He has really brought some credibility to the Christian faith. He's been very open, blatantly open about his faith in God. This moment, right now today, is a fulfillment of prophecy.
We've got to stand up, and take back the land.
"If you look at creationism, you realize it's the only possible answer to all the questions."
"Did you get to the part on here where it says that science doesn't prove anything? And it's really interesting when you look at it that way."
"There are two kinds of people in the world. People who love Jesus, and people who don't."