Alison's Choice | A Film About Life DVD review and giveaway

“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:

No 1

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.  

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
— Psalm 51:5 ESV
Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
— James 1:15 ESV
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
— Romans 5:8 ESV

No 2

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.  

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’
— Matthew 28:16-20 ESV
Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’
— John 14:6 ESV
For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
— Romans 10:13-14 ESV

No 3

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.  

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
— John 1:12-13 ESV

No 4

God is spirit and no man can see God and live.

Moses said, ‘Please show me your glory.’ And he said, ‘I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,’ he said, ‘you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.’
— Exodus 33:18-20 ESV

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!”

God bless,

Darrell Schoppa

I received a DVD copy of Alison's Choice in exchange for my honest and unbiased review from FrontGate Media.

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