[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya84HnPAlnY]Relevant magazine has done an article about the upcoming movie “Jesus People.” If you haven’t heard of Jesus People yet, it’s a movie that’s making fun of the Christian music industry subculture. Maybe making fun of is too strong… or maybe it’s not strong enough. Anyways, the people who are doing it have made 6 webisodes and a music video in anticipation of the movie coming out. I believe it’s already aired at least once in Nashville, but I haven’t seen it yet so I’m going to assume it isn’t out anywhere near me. Check out episode one to the side, and 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and the music video. The website with the trailer and some other interesting stuff is jesuspeoplefilm.com
I’ve heard a number of responses to this – ranging from “it’s freaking hillarious” to “it’s blaspheme!” i’m leaning a little bit more towards the first one. It’s interesting to me that the director and writer are both Christians, and they felt the need to expose how ridiculious christian subculture can be. They’re not making fun of God or of following Jesus (though they get pretty close to that line), they’re making fun of how much North American christians have gone too far in a number of ways. The characters made me laugh – I’ve met people like all of them, and it’s a good reminder of why we need Jesus and not just a created subculture. I can’t wait to see the movie.
The sad thing to me is that the Christian music industry isn’t really portrayed accurately here. If anything, I think it’s more on the other side of things – not trying to be spiritual like they are here, but instead trying to just make money. I don’t really know what it’s like, but I’ve heard things that both overspiritualize and over-buisnessize the industry which scare me. I’m again reminded of what Bruxy says – let’s be wary of just licking the cup of empty religion and instead drink the living water.
What do you think? Is Jesus People a fair calling out for Christians, or are the makers of this film going to “burn in hell”?