Film is incredibly powerful. The film featured above is the third in a series of four that is the fruit of a partnership between Christianity Today, the Lausanne Movement's Global Conversation, and Fourth Line Films. The fifth film in this blog series is another production from Fourth Line, but is unrelated to CT and the Lausanne Movement. These films are great discussion starters that address important issues in worldwide evangelicalism.
Today's short film tells of religious violence in the city of Jos, Nigeria. The film follows two individuals, one Muslim, and one Christian, and unveils their perspective on what has taken place in their city. Each man, a father of young children, comments on the challenges they face in raising their children to love their neighbors, even when they do not believe as they do, and how difficult this is in the face of such egregious violence. This film presents us with just one example of the challenge of religious pluralism in the world, asking how we are to regard those of other faith traditions in a spirit of peace, service, and love, denouncing the temptations of violence against the other.
Share the footage, join the discussion, and consider deeply what this issue means for the future of Christianity. I invite you not only to be a critic, but to offer constructive feedback on how the church might rediscover the gospel message, and communicate that message in a truthful manner.