The Road to Edmond
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Imagine a youth pastor (aka Cleo) whose love for a teenage girl puts his job at the church in jeopardy. No - not an under-age, pervy sorta love. We're talking about a level of care and acceptance that most churches aren't too fond of. (Now you're wondering what her deal is, aren't you?) The Elder Board puts Cleo in a two-week Jesus timeout, so he packs a bag, hits the road on his bike, and runs into a hairy guy named Larry traveling with his dead Dad. (Actually, Larry runs into Cleo, but we'll leave that for the film.) All kinds of craziness ensues causing Cleo to question faith, sexuality, and Jesus...including how far is too far. It's weird, and you'll love it...we promise.
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The Bad: The movie makes the same mistake that mainline churches do in their attempt to love without conditions while ignoring what the Bible actually teaches about holiness. In that sense, they pretend to be "more compassionate" than God. Indeed, the main character proves this point by ripping out a page of the bible he doesn’t like and rolling a joint with it. Of course, this has to do with scriptures towards homosexuality. The main character performs a lesbian wedding in a church and has a good sermon about love, but rejects what the Scriptures says is sin.
Now there is no question that we are to love everyone, but we are not supposed to endorse everything. Sin, according to the scriptures, is to miss God's mark: his intended plan and purpose for your life. It is wrong because it hurts you. Jesus said, "God made them male and female; what God has joined together, let no one break apart."
His intent for man and woman is marriage. In their difference, the man and woman represent the image of God as partners in communion. Anything other than that is a distortion of God's image in humanity and of his intended purpose for creation.
To be a Christian means to be a disciple of Jesus, and to be a disciple of Jesus means you have to follow his teachings, not set up your own rules like Adam did in the Garden of Eden.
My point is this: the movie pretends to be a breaking-of-the-bounds redefinition of God's love as all accepting of all behaviors, but in truth, it endorses lawlessness in the place of the grace that leads to holiness. Contemporary culture aside, the Bible is either the ultimate guide for "matters of faith and practice," or it is no guide at all. Rewriting the scriptures to suit one's own opinion or desires is just another instance of man trying to replace God because he, the man, thinks he knows better than the Creator.
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The acting was okay, the plot was pretty good for the genre, the dialogue was excellent. I allowed myself to be involved in the narrative enough to care for the characters.