Jon Harris, the host of Conversations That Matter, just released his review of the Jesus Revolution movie. It was quite similar to my own review, but he had a take that was hotter than mine, so I wanted to give it more exploration.
Jon Harris, in his thorough review of the lesson we should take away from the movie, pointed out that Chuck Smith was the best of the Jesus Movement. He talked about how Chuck Smith preached the gospel to hippies who were against institutional religion and they grew up and became members of an organized church.
Whereas the movie shows us the beginnings of the Jesus Movement and how Chuck Smith and Lonnie Frisbee fracture over Frisbee going Benny Hinn, Jon Harris looks back on the Jesus Movement as mostly a bad thing, that Chuck Smith wrestled with and ultimately won. This is not to say that everything he did was good, like getting rid of hymns. But he navigated the situation better than his contemporaries.
I thought Jon Harris’s analysis was quite unique. He further goes on to say that a true Jesus Revolution today would be one that targets trads as opposed to queers.
It was a really good episode of his podcast that analyzed the movie from his historian’s perspective.