I enjoy jokes about the church, fellow Christians and the quirkiness that inhabits the various subcultures of evangelicalism. We’re a diverse group, and we certainly have our idiosyncrasies. Moreover, we’re not immune to sin or dysfunction, and humor is a great way of pointing out truth in a palatable way. But humor rings truest when it comes from someone who loves what it chides. And that’s the problem with “Saved!, which clearly stems from a lot of hurt – hurt that has somehow transformed into spiteful rage.

Characters smoke, drink, have sex, swear to God and take the Lord’s name in vain – while wearing large, gaudy crosses. Several curse, including the f- word. They mock homosexuals. They are racist – and ridiculous. Someone sees “a vision of Jesus” in a fish tank. Christian women paint crosses on their toenails while watching Christian television game shows. All the Christians are evil; all the non-Christians are kind, good and logical. The pastor says, regarding his marriage problems, “Divorce isn’t part of God’s plan.” His unbelieving son retorts, “Well, maybe you need a new plan.”

According to Dannelly, that “new plan” involves an entirely new set of values – and a new definition of family. Mary’s enlightened voiceover at the end of the film is complimented by a photo of this “new family model,” which consists of a working single mother in touch with her sexuality; her married lover; an unwed teenage mother; her heterosexual boyfriend; the baby’s teenage dad – who is kind, loving and positively thrilled to be a father, even though he’s only 17 and gay – and his teenage homosexual lover. And the “true faith” that Moore extols? An impersonal, inanimate God who encourages us to redefine virtue according to our sexual whims. As Mary says, “God exists. You just have to feel it.”

The only thing I feel is dismay that Christ’s followers are so hated and ridiculed. As Christians, we walk a fine line between presence (living out the gospel) and proclamation (sharing the message). Our proclamation must always be done in love, which we can and do forget. So, even as we duck from drive-by shootings like “Saved!,” we might nevertheless use the opportunity to examine how we communicate our faith to a disbelieving, skeptical and hostile world.

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