Focus on the Family President Jim Daly is calling for prayer in the final month before the May 6 debut of the ministry’s first-ever movie event, Irreplaceable.
“Please pray that the Holy Spirit will make the truths found in this film – truths about God’s design for family and how His character is reflected through that design – come alive in the hearts and minds of those who watch Irreplaceable and its follow-up companion curriculum, ‘The Family Project,’” Daly shared in a recent blog post.
“Most of all, pray that Irreplaceable ignites a counter-cultural revolution that inspires husbands and wives to live lives committed to each other, and that moms and dads can see the beauty and worth of their everyday sacrifices as they parent their kids,” he added. “I believe this heart-change can be what God uses to help heal our culture.”
One of the largest initiatives that Focus on the Family has ever undertaken, Irreplaceable will be presented one night only in more than 700 select movie theaters around the country.
The feature length documentary film follows Tim Sisarich, formerly with Focus on the Family New Zealand, as he goes on a quest around the world to take a genuine look at the issues affecting families most.
Irreplaceable features interviews with experts including Professor of Law Helen Alvaré, National Center for Fathering CEO Carey Casey, radio host Michael Medved, speaker and radio host John Stonestreet, New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas (Bonhoeffer), neuropsychologist Dr. Anne Moir, philosopher Dr. Roger Scruton, authors Gabe and Rebekah Lyons, and Christian scholar Nancy Pearcey, among others.
While the movie does present the forces harming today’s families, it also empowers viewers with this message: no matter what kind of pain you have experienced in your family – either as the result of your own poor choices or someone else’s – there is hope for redemption and restoration.
Still, Irreplaceable is encountering opposition from those who disagree with Focus on the Family’s Christian convictions. The documentary is facing boycotts and protests, including a Change.org petition gathering signatures to ban the documentary from being shown.
“Some of those who disagree with us are calling Irreplaceable ‘anti-gay propaganda’ and demanding that theaters refuse to show the film on May 6,” reported Daly. “We’ve received word that some theater owners are getting nervous and acquiescing to the demands of those who oppose free speech. We heard from one in Ohio … who decided to drop the film because they had received complaints and didn’t want to deal with all the ‘controversy’ attached to it. Ironically, this theater is currently showing Bad Words – an R-rated movie one reviewer called 'the best pedophile film of 2014.'”
In light of these developments, Daly is encouraging supporters to pray “that theaters will hold the line and that the movie will be accessible to those who want to participate in our one-night movie debut and roundtable conversation event.”
“And please also pray for those who are protesting this film,” he added before encouraging supporters to purchase tickets for Irreplaceable online.
Tickets for Irreplaceable are currently on sale and are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. Tickets and theater locations are also available at www.IrreplaceableTheMovie.com.
According to Focus on the Family, Irreplaceable is the first in a series of documentaries that the ministry plans to release.
Published: April 24, 2014