My Favorite Response to Saved!

The best response to the movie Saved! that I’ve heard yet is a one-line quip passed along by my friend Michael Leary, who heard someone else say it after a screening of the film…

“The Church will only be doing what it really should be doing when it won’t be possible to satirize it.”

  • Facebook
Filmwell's Michael Leary: Things I Learned About Parenting Daughters From "Gilmore Girls"
"It Can Entrance You For a Moment..."
Fellini's 8 1/2, Revisited
The Quotable Renshaw
About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has relaunched a bigger, better version of this blog at The new Looking Closer doesn't have any of the trashy click-bait advertisements that you're probably seeing all over this Patheos page. So give yourself a break.

  • -B

    My belief is that a skeptical world balks and therefore satirizes ANYTHING or ANYONE that speaks of having “the truth,” as you say, people rarely recognize Christ’s work occurring in their midst. I guess I get a little tired of Christians criticizing the church as bad as it is sometimes without offering something constructive. Good quote by Merton by the way. I remember a friend speaking of this years ago.

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Actually, I believe it DOES happen. But because a believer imitating Christ is one who loves and serves quietly, sometimes even anonymously, without any ego or drawing attention to what is being done, people rarely notice Christ’s work occurring. Thus, we rarely hear about it. And when we do, it is mostly misunderstood and sometimes even attacked. As Thomas Merton once mused, the greatest saints may never be recognized on this earth, in this time, because they are serving almost invisibly.

  • -B

    And when will this happen?