It might seem ironic that Michael Allen, a self-described “church kid”, is starring in documentary titled “Beware of Christians”. “I called myself a Christian, went to church, prayed, all that stuff,” Allen says, “but I don’t think I was really exposed much to radical faith until college.” Allen, a Texas A&M senior, and three other college students from Dallas traveled around the world last summer, asking questions of themselves and others, trying to figure out what faith is all about and who (and if) God really is. Allen, who grew up in Lakewood, says initially the project was born out of the young men’s cynicism toward the church. “I appreciate my upbringing, and it’s definitely shaped my worldview, but I also feel that I have a personal worldview that stands alone from my parents’ or my neighborhood’s beliefs,” Allen says. “In college I started to rethink what being a Christian really meant.” The film premieres Easter weekend at the Lakewood Theater, and though Allen believes it has a hopeful message of redemption and renewal, “don’t expect a typical Christian film,” he says. “We invite you to struggle with us as we ask ourselves, and God, some tough questions about what living a Jesus lifestyle really looks like, independent of American middle-class standards, traditions and expectations.”
‘Beware of Christians’
When/ Friday, April 2 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 3 at 2, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Where/ Lakewood Theater, 1825 Abrams
Cost/ $10, $8 for Saturday matinee
To buy tickets/ bewareofchristians.com
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