Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

The Least Among You

The Least Among You is a true story about Richard Kelly, a young African-American man, who enters seminary in 1965 to discover he is the only person of color there.  He is encouraged by the president to break the racial barriers, but he finds no support from professors and his roommate is the only student who will stand by him.  Richard finds a friend in the seminary’s gardener, a devout man who reads the theology books the professors throw away.

The Least Among You does not have outstanding acting or directing, but it has a powerful story.  This movie would probably have never been made by a major studio, and if they had got their hands on it I imagine they would have watered down the spiritual elements in it.  This movie teaches us the importance of always standing up for what is right, even if it is not the most popular thing to do.  Some Christians and churches for many years stood on the wrong side of the race divide.  Some believed they were doing what was right, while others may have been too scared to say anything.  Christianity not only needs to critique culture and society, but it often needs to critique itself.

Another important lesson within this movie is to show how God works through the trials of our lives.  We may look at what is happening around us and think it is unfair, but perhaps we need to look again.  God not only works in our lives when times are good, but also when times are bad.  Richard Kelly endured some trials in his life unlike any we have probably ever experienced, but he remained faithful and because of that he was a better man.

I received this movie free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their movie and book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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