Deitrick Haddon Explores Church Motives in Film “A Beautiful Soul”, In Stores August 21st
In the Tyscot/ManHaddon Film “A Beautiful Soul”, Andre Stephens, played by Deitrick Haddon struggled with being connected to the church for fear of being manipulated and hurt. Andre’s struggle is very common and continues to plague the Body of Christ.
In the film, Andre questioned the motives of the church and refused to attend, until his best friend Chris (Robert Ri’chard) convinced him to attend Bishop Noel Jones’ church City of Refuge.
Although he agreed to attend, Andre’s perception didn’t change. He was very vocal in how he felt and even stated: “the Church is for people who are looking for a pie in the sky and want to be brain-washed by the Pastor”.
Chris did everything he could to show Andre the positive side of church, but Andre chose to believe that the church’s goal was to manipulate people for a financial gain. Later in the scene, Andre’s thoughts were escalated when Bishop Jones extended the invitation for him to join his congregation.
The question is: Why did Andre feel this way about church and why did he fight so hard?
Andre’s thoughts of the church’s motives stemmed from the hurt he endured as a child. It wasn’t until Andre had to face his own death, that he opened his mind to the truth.
Just like Andre, many people have a certain perception of the church and remain distant for fear of being controlled and hurt. Andre’s journey led him to first re-connect with God and later with the Body of Christ. By allowing himself to be healed from his past, he opened his heart to those who wanted to show him true love.
There are various reasons why people remain unconnected to the church, but connecting with God first helps to cancel out unwarranted thoughts of ungodly motives from anyone.
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Directed by Jeff Byrd (“Soul Food “ TV series), the film also stars Harry Lennix (“The Matrix Revolutions”), Robert Ri’chard (“Coach Carter”), Lesley Ann Brandt (“Spartacus: Gods of the Arena”), and Barry Floyd (“The Game”). Currently available in stores and on-line is the Tyscot Records CD release of “A Beautiful Soul (Music Inspired by the Motion Picture) from Deitrick Haddon presents Voices of Unity, which contains original music by Deitrick Haddon, Kierra Sheard, Canton Jones, Fonzworth Bentley and Faith Evans, among others. The Top 30 gospel radio single, “No Betta” is a duet showcasing Deitrick Haddon and Faith Evans.
A Beautiful Soul PG-13 Rated Film on DVD will be available in stores and online August 21, 2012