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Lord Save Us From Your Followers (2010)

Dan Merchant , George W. Bush , Dan Merchant  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dan Merchant, George W. Bush, Bono, Stephen Colbert, Ann Coulter
  • Directors: Dan Merchant
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036UXG34
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,322 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Whether someone is Atheist, Agnostic, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, - or yes, even Christian -all can identify at times with the cry, "Lord, Save Us from Your Followers!" Fed up with the divisive bumper sticker mentality overtaking America, director (and follower) Dan Merchant donned his Bumper Sticker Man suit and set out on the daring search for meaningful dialogue and the true face of faith. Appearing in the film:Senator Al Franken, Dr. Tony Compolo, Former Senator Rick Santorum, Sister Mary Timothy, Paul Young, Bono, George W. Bush, and many, many more.


"Michael Moore-meets-Monty Python. A humorous and heartfelt examination of the culture wars." --USA Today

"Admirably bold... It would take a hard heart indeed not to be moved." --Variety

"Heartfelt... an effective call for greater understanding." --Los Angeles Times

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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Overdue and Much Appreciated April 16, 2010
This is information that most Christians need to know to be true salt and light to everyone around them. The message of Love, Compassion, Non-Judgment, Inclusiveness, and Hope is what everyone needs to hear. I recommend it for the Secular viewer, the Christian viewer, and anyone who is more interested in making this country into a nation of people who honestly care about each other regardless of their creed, race, sexual orientation, politics, or opinions. Let's allow love to create the world we all want to live in!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See for every Church leader in the U.S. July 25, 2010
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Bono and Campolo in the same movie... what's not to love?!? This movie is a must-watch for all Church leaders. Regardless of whether you agree with its conclusions, it will challenge you to look at ministry in a different light.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Join the Conversation NOW! March 8, 2010
Filmmaker Dan Merchant has unwittingly turned modern day prophet as he allows all followers of Christ (or followers of no one at all) to enter the crucial discussion (not argument) concerning "Why is the Gospel of love dividing America?" With a cutting wit and poignant insight Dan allows voices of all social, political and theological bent a turn at airing their individual perspective on all things religious. In the end, the film (and book) opens the opportunity for each one of us to join this badly needed internal and public conversation with the Grace and respect of Christ intact.
Buy 2 now, give one to a friend and let the conversation begin.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BAM! February 6, 2010
This was so excellent, pointing to what is most true about Christ and what it really should look like to follow Him.
I have always suspected that we, at times, have shot ourselves in the foot in "trying" to witness. I especially loved the objectivity and how much it made me laugh;)Jen
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Timely Contribution, And Yet.... July 28, 2010
Oh, I bet I'm gonna be criticized for being nitpicky, but here goes....This documentary is a much needed contribution to our society as a whole, let alone the Christian Church in the U.S. I use the word "timely" in my title because as it is obviously shown in the movie there are many people hurt by those of "us" that are jabbing and sparring with the nation while caught up in the passion of being "right" rather than in loving others....but that is the rub with this the extent that Christ's message of love is focused upon, the realities of the Bible regarding God's judgment or Christ Himself bringing division between family members and neighbors alike (just by virtue of His full gospel message being rejected and even intensely opposed) is shaded and gently pushed aside. Is it detrimental to do so? I think not; hence, this movie is a helpful rebuke and encouragement for Christians at large to get back to the fundamentals of service and love and grace and forgiveness.

The problem is that as I "love" and "serve" I will still sooner or later discuss and debate and vote on issues that fundamentally disagree with another's view of their sexual rights to gay marriage or their rights to increased funding for abortion....and that will anger and infuriate some or perhaps many people who want such things...who will then often in turn be so ticked off and hateful towards me for my views based in the Bible and Christ's teachings, ( I am fully aware that not all Christians agree with each other re: political issues but this would be the context for my political views nonetheless ) calling me "homophobic" or "misogynist" and so on....
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misses the important questions May 12, 2013
I give the filmmaker credit for his concern and sensitivity. He is bothered by religion's reduction to a bumper-sticker slogan, and is disturbed by the hypocrisy and sanctimoniousness of his co-religionists. He wants to focus more on community service, and less on church service. And he says that he wants to engage unbelievers in respectful dialog.

So he walks across the country in a jumpsuit covered with provocative religiously-oriented bumper stickers, which he uses to get people's attention and engage them. He is openly contemptuous of the Fred Phelps/Jerry Falwell brand of Christianity; he recognizes that this repels more people than it attracts. He makes a big point of showing Pope John Paul II at the Wailing Wall, asking forgiveness for the Inquisition, the Crusades, and the Catholic Church's treatment of the Jews. There are many scenes of the hungry being fed, washing the feet of the homeless, and rebuilding homes after Hurricane Katrina. The point is made - the "Sheep and the Goats" speech from Matthew 25 ("Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me") is what's important. The filmmaker befriends a man in a drag nun's habit, and later sets up a booth at a gay pride festival in Portland, Oregon, to apologize to the gays and lesbians who have been "hurt by Christians." He seems to understand that the "brand," so to speak, has been poisoned by the hellfire and brimstone preachers who preceded him.

The problem is that the hard questions are not addressed. Merchant doesn't discuss the Catholic Church covering up child molestation for decades, and the Pope's continued condemnation of homosexuality.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting movie
Published 3 months ago by MU4Him
5.0 out of 5 stars the suggestions here would be a great starting place
If Christians Want to Have a Clean Witness, the suggestions here would be a great starting place. I am a man who has left the church for the reasons descri ed in the interviews. Read more
Published 3 months ago by j e creek
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny and very enlightening. Made me re-think how I want to live my life.
Published 3 months ago by Laura L. Cromwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done!
This is an excellent film. I ordered it after seeing it on Netflix because I liked it so much.
A must-see for Christians who really want to "walk the walk" and be... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cindy M
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenge for all Christians regardless of denomination
This film was disturbing at times, but in a good way. I love the way a question is posed and answered in such an unexpected way.
Published 5 months ago by dianna frey
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad....
This dvd seems to be addressed to Christians, in particular those on the right. This is well and good. Read more
Published 6 months ago by PlatoFromTexas
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest
Although, it is a pretty decent documentary about how Christians are putting themselves in bad standings with their extreme judgement and painfully mislead opinions on social... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andrew Loehr
5.0 out of 5 stars Christians! If you haven't seen this movie, you really should
Dan Merchant hits home with his honest and open look at how Christians have lost sight of their great commission and been steered off course by popular culture, media, mis-guided... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sean G. Graver
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Movie!
It was very inspirational and made a great deal of sense. I wish everyone would watch it. I would recommend it to all!
Published 9 months ago by barb frazee
5.0 out of 5 stars We as Christians need to be asking a whole lot more forgiveness for...
Frank, humble, sincere and very real coverage of difficult issues. Critically needed to be discussed. Raw but real. This is a very brave producer.
Published 12 months ago by lynny
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