A former gang leader is led to a closer relationship with God, while in prison—the perfect recipe for his new life as a Pastor. Once released and as a condition of parole, he vows to no longer mix the old with the new: life with the gang vs. life as a saved leader. But it proves to be pretty impossible, considering that he volunteers to pastor the church in the heart of his old gang-infested neighborhood. That same gang who, through a series of events, makes it clear that they are not at all interested in an ex-member coming home to “take back the streets”. So, the Pastor is faced with the biggest fight of his life, one that seems a losing battle from the start. It is a standoff between right vs. wrong. Good vs. evil. And love vs. war.
The movie centers around the biblical lesson of David and Goliath, a story of a young shepherd boy who was anointed as king by God to protect the Israelites. I love this chapter because it teaches that God isn’t concerned with your background or your resume; for David was mocked because he was too young and the Philistine giant, Goliath, had been a warrior since he was a youth. But even the young, the poor, and the most unlikely person can overcome tremendous obstacles and rise to the top. And the book of 1 Samuel reveals that David killed the Philistine giant with a sling and a stone—the moral also being that that you don’t have to use the weapons of the enemy, rather you can win with the tools that God gives you to fight with.
Now, considering all this: The Pastor is to David as the entire community is to the Israelites, as the gang is to the Philistines. And the gang’s stronghold in their community, a corner to corner arsenal of weapons, drugs, violence, intimidation, and the sheer size of its unit—all represent a modern-day Goliath. A Goliath that we experience today. One that we struggle to fight in major cities and small towns.
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