[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] This post is part of our WHY SHOW UP? dialogue series. Learn more by clicking here.
This year, I’ll be attending the Level Ground Film Festival because, as a conservative, I believe that God still wants us to love what is right while we pursue mercy in our walk of faith. As strong as my convictions may be, I have known the Level Ground team for a few years and each time we’ve gotten together, they have surprised me. Not only do they know scripture, but their love for God is humbling and infectious. I am powerfully convinced that conservative Evangelicals need to be at the festival this year to listen to what the merging worlds of art, religion, and sexuality are saying to each other, as well as to continue the long tradition of speaking about what is true, beautiful, and good in the world.
Pursuing what is right, and defending what is right, does not mean shutting conversations down or closing our eyes to the world around us. It means re- engaging, seeking peace and reconciliation, and allowing scripture and the Spirit of God to show us how to help and be helped by those different from us. Level Ground stands in the center of those three worlds of difference – art, religion, and sexuality – and are trying to stimulate conversation through the medium of art, which inherently shapes and sharpens our thoughts. Raised as a conservative, I know these conversations can be difficult and trying. But as I’ve gotten to know Level Ground – I admit, cautiously at first – I began to see that their respect for scripture, tradition, and God together with a welcoming spirit is at the center of all that they do. They truly seek to embody the vision of Isaiah 40:3-5, creating a space for peace and evenness.
- From Chris P.
“Sometimes, we're so eager to have an opinion that we skip the step of working to understand. Why is it the way it is? Why do they believe what they believe?” - Seth Godin
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