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Contrarian Resource #2: Blue Like Jazz (the movie)

June 22, 2012

This week’s Contrarian resource is the new(ish) movie Blue Like Jazz.

Like many, I read the book when it came out several years ago.  But unlike most, I didn’t care for it.  I could go into why, but it doesn’t matter now.

The movie made me a huge fan.  I went into this film with medium expectations, and it’s always a great experience to see a movie that exceeds your expectations.

One scene that stands out to me is when Donald’s lesbian friend finds out that a woman she likes isn’t gay.  She is heartbroken over this and wants Don to comfort her.  You feel Don’s awkwardness as this girl climbs into bed with him, mascara running down her face, longing for someone to hold her and comfort her.  The scene perfectly captured that tension of how do we love the sinner in spite of choices she makes.


An application for the Contrarian Church Planter is: do broken and skeptical people want to hang out with you?  The reason some Christians didn’t like this movie, and why many did, is because it deals in reality.  There are cuss words.  There is drinking.  There is more drinking.  But that is real.  And it begs the question: do the people who ran to Jesus run away from me?  Honestly, the movie was a gut check for me of who I hang out with and why.  And I have been able to hang out with more agnostics and atheists since seeing this.

Bottom line: this is a great resource for Contrarian Church Planters because it reminds us why we do what we do, and who we want filling the seats in our churches.

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