Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with Chris Pack, Producer for Jesus, Don’t Let Me Die Before I’ve Had Sex. After meeting with me, Chris proposed to my long time friend, Pamela, who was among the first participants of our Living in the Tension gatherings here in Chicago. Chris shares my heart for reconciliation: building bridges, loving people and living in the tension.
What’s the movie about?Jesus, Don’t Let Me Die Before I’ve Had Sex will be a feature-length documentary examining the sexual teachings of the Evangelical Church and exploring the undercurrent of idealism that leaves many people feeling frustrated and confused. Told in an honest and fair fashion, the movie will paint a picture of what is taught explicitly and implicitly by showing how churchgoers react to those teachings through anecdotes of first kisses, chastity rallies and secret obsessions. Along side these stories will be interviews of pastors reflecting on their own teachings, as well historians and sociologists diagramming the evolution of sexual teaching in the Church. Intercut throughout will be poignant stop-motion animation bringing to life the pain, joy, triumph and sorrow of our interviewees.
Who will be featured in the documentary?
We are in talks with prominent evangelical leaders, gay rights activists, pro-abstinence advocates, Christians turned Atheists, leaders of major seminaries, influential Christians authors, former Christian musicians, Yale historians, University of Michigan sociologists, both promiscuous and celibate Christians, sex therapists… all sharing their views of what is going on in our society, the historical events and philosophical shifts that led us here, and how we can find a way forward.