Last night, Hillsong United premiered its documentary film, THE I HEART REVOLUTION: WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, in theaters across the US and Canada (it will premier across Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa on November 18). I’d heard about the movie a while back and forgot about it until Tuesday night. I’ve been on a business trip in Virginia this week, so I figured I’d see it after work. I’m glad I made the choice to see it.
The event started with a mini-concert and introduction by United – broadcast from Australia. It set the stage for and explained the documentary, which tells stories of justice, compassion, and mercy around the globe – all filmed over the past three years during their concert tour.
Apart from the 30-minute intro, the movie ran about two hours (a little long and sometimes bumpy in the message, but it needed to be). The film was divided into three distinct parts:
- Stories of injustice, loss, neglect, poverty, – the harsh and terrible realities of life across the globe…the realities that we don’t know about or often choose to ignore.
- The Hope amidst those realities found solely in Jesus.
- A call to those who follow Jesus to have a heart like Him, consider #2, and (because of it) take action on #1.
It was a profound film. So much hurt and hopelessness in the world…and we too often turn a blind eye to it. I (and many around me) couldn’t help shedding tears at given moments during the film. It is a profound message.
There were so many “amen” moments and phrases. I found a few of them on Twitter to share:
- Loneliness is the worst form of poverty.
- If what happens inside the four walls of the church doesn’t make a difference in the streets that people travel to get there, then maybe we are missing the point.
- We’ve trained ourselves to look past need. Injustice and indifference go hand in hand.
- Jesus didn’t die to give us religion, He died to give us love.
- Preaching does not come from the pulpit, it comes from the people of God living their lives out for Him -Brother Andrew
- There’s a dangerous division between sacred and secular… There’s nothing secular, everything belongs to God.
- The church exists for those outside of it. -William Tyndale
- Having seen all this you can choose to look the other way, but you can never say again, ‘I did not know.’ -William Wilberforce (regarding the English slave trade in the 1800s)
- “Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something”
- You think that all the preaching must come from the pulpit. It’s not true. It comes from the life of those who follow Jesus.
- For too long the church has made a big deal out of small things and a small deal about big things!
- Talk is cheap, put feet to your vision.
- The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
- The future will be written by the way we respond to moment that’s in front of us.
Driving back to my hotel, my mind was reeling – information overload, conviction of my own apathy, and thoughts of how I can make changes in my own life to “do something.” (OK – my mind is still reeling)
God has really been working on my heart in this area lately and I needed to see this movie. I pray that my heart is changed, last night wasn’t a wasted moment, that I would be part of the solution.
Will you be part too?
(If you didn’t get to see the film, I’m sure it will be out on DVD at some point. I HIGHLY recommend it.)