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Kirk Cameron's self-stated goal with the movie Mercy Rule was "something fun and inspiring, something that builds our faith in God and our strength as a family." With realistic crises, believable character development, and [for the most part] a good use of humor to balance the tension, he succeeded in meeting most of these goals -- but not the most important one.
And if you're really serious about learning as a family from the movie, it includes a study guide and "family discussion questions." Cameron says that in Mercy Rule the viewer can see the Miller family "learn life's lessons of mercy, patience, sacrifice, legacy, and trusting God." This movie should be praised for the difficult, rare, and commendable achievement of demonstrating and celebrating all but the last of those lessons.
No clear link is seen between strength as a family and faith in God. This family had "a form of godliness" but where was the evidence that it knew of "the power thereof"? The commitment to being a "no quit family" and to living honorably could easily be attributed to their respect for the wisdom of "Pops," the deceased patriarch who founded the family business, not to any reliance on the Bible for guidance or on God for strength and protection.
Still, if you're looking for a good family film, here it is. It's something you and your children could watch together or you could allow your children to watch alone knowing it is safe an wholesome.
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