Why “Finding Normal” is Dangerous to Abuse Victims
UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.
I recently watched the movie Finding Normal. I wish I could find out more about the people who produced it, particularly in regard to their religious beliefs. The movie puts itself off as Christian and allegedly tells the story of a woman’s “redemption” from the evils of materialistic society. The storyline is pretty shallow. A little ways into the movie I told my wife, “oh rats! This is going to turn out to be a Christian movie!” Ha! I mean, I just don’t like Christian movies.
Why is this movie and the mentality it promotes dangerous to abuse victims? It is dangerous because, under the guise of a wonderful, loving, kind Christian culture and church and pastor, it presents a world that will most certainly enable abusers and oppress victims. Let me explain in more detail:
1. While the movie purports to present Christians in daily life and in their church, the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is NEVER mentioned. (Hmmm…isn’t there something in the Bible about “no other name by which we must be saved”?)
2. The leading character, a benevolent looking, big Afro-American doctor is also the pastor of the small (almost entirely white) local church. He is loved by everyone. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be a single abnormal (ie wicked) person in the whole town of Normal. No racism. Just good ol’ country folk.
3. This beloved pastor has wisdom for every situation, and a “faith” that excels that of everyone else. He preaches a sermon that everyone just loves (only takes 5 minutes or less) and then delivers his punch line: “we do our part and God does His.” Once again no mention at all of Christ. This is pure and simply salvation by works.
4. Normal then, is heaven on earth. The young woman falls for it all, dumps her greedy city doctor fiancé and embraces the country boy Christian who woo’d her to…Christ…no…to God. Christ, you remember, is never mentioned.
Now, once more, why is this movie dangerous to abuse victims. I shall tell you. It is dangerous because these elements I have just listed are what create a church environment where false Christianity and false Christians thrive. It would have been better had the movie named Jesus Christ, but even if it had, it would still not be set right. In Normal, you see, everyone is normal. There are no abnormal people — that is to say — there are no wicked people. And if an occasional one blows into town, well, the good folks and their good pastor will win them over to God.
Finding Normal, in other words, minimizes sin. It maximizes man’s supposed innate goodness. And as so many of you, our readers, have found out in very hard ways, such environments do not listen to victims and they “love” abusers.
If you have seen this movie, let me know what you think here in your comments. Let me throw in one more reality-check question for those of you who have seen it:— How much would you bet that, in real life, the country boy she married in the end turned out to be an abuser IN REAL LIFE? Because, you see, this is one of the key problems victims of evil face in this world. People don’t want to live in real life.