2. It’s Authentic
The family members who forgave the shooter received the most media attention. But other family members still haven’t forgiven him. Their stories are in Emanuel, too.
It’s a wise inclusion in the movie.
Yes, forgiveness is powerful. Yes, forgiveness is biblical. Yes, forgiveness is commanded by God. But forgiveness isn’t always easy.
Ivie said he wanted the movie to include both sides of the story.
“We’re frail beings,” Ivie said. “You could say, ‘What would Jesus do?’ ... but I'm not Jesus. I'm a mess. I need God's grace in my life, every day.”
Too many Christian films, he said, “don't feel authentic.”
“I think the reason for that is because they’re trying to tie everything up in a bow. And that's just not how life actually is. I mean, we have hope, we have an eternal hope. But at the same time, we live in the already-not yet,” he said, referencing the belief that Christians are already experiencing the kingdom of God, although it has “not yet” reached its fullness.
“There are still shootings. There are still bad things happening all the time,” he said.
“I’m hoping that the film makes people feel like they can have the conversation and the dialogue” instead of feeling like they’re “expected to be perfect.”
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