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September 20, 2010

'A Near Encounter with the Gospel'

Southern Baptist theologian Russell Moore finds the deeper story in Duvall's 'Get Low'

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On a recent Sunday afternoon, Russell Moore, dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice-President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and preaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church, caught a screening of Get Low and was quite moved.

"Get Low is not a 'Christian movie,'" he writes. "The point of view is decidedly non-Christian, as is most of the mode of discourse. And that’s just the point. The film portrays something the Christian Scriptures insist to be true. Guilt isn’t something society foists upon us. There’s something primal, something real, in the guilty conscience . . .

"Get Low isn’t Christian, but it’s Christ-haunted. In an often animalistic culture, it reminds us that even the Gentiles know that guilt is real, and that it burns. It also reminds us that, no matter how deep the exile, where there is still a conscience there is still the God who put it there. That’s not the good news, but its a step toward acknowledging the bad. It’s not the whole truth, but it’s the truth, the (almost) gospel truth."

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