Sunday, November 6, 2016
While watching Jesus Camp, you could see some of the similarities with Blankets. Throughout the book you see Craig struggling with finding his own identity. There are several panels in which you see him struggling to find what he wants to do in life and what he believes. We see him going to church camp and meeting those who claim to be 'Christians' but lead a very different life. He has his own way of what he feels 'honors' God, yet others are telling him that what he is doing is going against God. In one of the panels, you see Craig who expresses his want to go to art school. One of the older adults there then states that his brother went to art school, and then he became the worst thing, homosexual. In this panel we see how Craig expresses what he loves and wants to do, and automatically getting shut down, getting told that if he does that, he is dishonoring God. They continue to push him into becoming a minister. Throughout Jesus Camp, you begin to see the same thing. Once the children were at camp, there was a part of the sermon that told the kids that they were hypocrites, going to go to hell and they made God mad. You began to see how this weighed on the children. The children began to cry and go into what may seem like hysteria. They were basically told that what they were doing was not good enough in the eyes of God. The entire movie was basically judging how others praised God and what they did. They talked about what each other did and if it was right in the eyes of God. The children quite possibly felt an immense amount of pressure to be what everyone expected them to be.