“I love you, Alison, and I love your baby too…”
When young Alison finds herself pregnant by a dead-beat boyfriend, she turns to abortion. There in the clinic, as she waits for her name to be called, she encounters a cast of extraordinary characters; a flamboyant counselor, a suburban mom, a heart-weary receptionist, an inner city counterpart… And more than anyone, a gentle-faced janitor with mop “eternally” in hand. The two begin to talk and it quickly becomes clear he is no mere janitor, but the living God manifest – and He’s come to plead for the life of her baby. With the clock ticking precious minutes away, it is a fight for life or death. Suddenly a nurse appears, “Alison, we’re ready for you.” What will Alison choose…
I *talked* my amazing husband Darrell into writing this review. He is a pastor with a true pastors heart.
Alison’s Choice is a movie that appears to have been made on a tight budget about a young girl who faces the decision of whether or not to have an abortion. It is set primarily in the waiting room of an abortion clinic. As Alison waits, trying to decide if abortion is something she really wants to do, she meets a variety of characters.
-The nurse at the front desk gives her more time to think.
-The young lady next to her has been to the clinic multiple times.
-An abortion counselor presents the case that Alison is too young to be burdened with this child now.
-A janitor who continually talks to Alison and pleads for her to keep her baby. (The janitor is a visible representation of God that we later find out is talking to all the young women and men at the clinic pleading with them to keep their baby.)
I am pro-life and I applaud the efforts of others to turn people away from the very sad and sinful choice of abortion. The church needs to do even more in the fight against abortion and to spread the gospel, which is the only true way to change the human heart. While I really want to support this movie I feel that there are some doctrinal issues that cannot be ignored therefore I cannot recommend this movie.
The reasons why:
I find the most glaring omission in the movie is that the dialogue never once mentions the word sin. This seems amazing to me for a Christian movie. Abortion is a sin and sin is why we need the gospel. We need to be set free from all sorts of sin and we need to have the punishment dealt with.
There is no presentation of the gospel. There are a couple of vague references to God changing your mind about abortion but there is nothing about repentance, forgiveness, Christ dying for sin, or even a call to believe in the Savior. Abortion is a horrible tragedy in the world but a far greater tragedy is for people to live without hearing the gospel.
The movie portrays God without His sovereign will and power. God is just waiting for people to make a choice and He is portrayed as powerless to do anything about it but plead with them, in the form of a janitor nonetheless. The fact that anyone receives salvation is because God enacts His will over creatures that are dead in sin.
God is spirit and no man can see God and live.
I get what they are trying to do in the movie. They are trying to portray God as speaking to their conscience. But having God as a janitor reduces His majesty. It changes the true God of the Bible to a weak and false god much as the false god portrayed in The Shack by William P. Young (a conversation for another day).
There are better ways to reach into the lives of men and women struggling with an unplanned pregnancy and looking into abortion.
-Share the gospel with them.
-Pray with them.
-Pray for them continuously.
-Provide them with tangible help.
-Love them as Christ loves us.
-Don’t stop should they choose abortion!!! They will need you now more than ever. Lead them through love and example to an understanding of Christ. My prayer joins with yours, “may they come to know Him!”
I received a DVD copy of Alison's Choice in exchange for my honest and unbiased review from FrontGate Media.