“The Grace Card” is another movie I watched over the Christmas holiday. This one slipped under my radar but my good friend Andrew at work told me about it. It is a well acted movie that brings us the message of forgiveness and loving those who don’t love us. The main characters are two police officers. One is black, Sam Wright, and also a minister at a struggling church. The other, Mac McDonald, is white and lost his young son who was hit by a young black man running from a drug sell gone bad. The movie picks up some sixteen years later as Mac is now a bitter hateful and angry man. His marriage is going bad and he has no relationship with his surviving son. He needs someone to blame and the whole black race seems to fit the bill, especially Sam who recently was promoted to sergeant over the Mac. They are now paired as patrol partners.
The movie shows both men struggling with this forced partnership. Mac is convinced that Sam only received the promotion because he is black and Sam is struggling to live out his Christian faith and love Mac even though Mac is hateful. Louis Gossett, Jr. plays Sam’s grandfather who raised Sam and now is trying to get Sam to show Christian love in the hardest of circumstance.
Grace Card shows how hard it can be to forgive our self even when others have forgiven us. It also shows how hard it is to love as Christ commands us to love. Not just our family, friend and those like us but also those who are hurtful and not like us. Also, it does an excellent job of showing hoe bitterness and anger can ruin not only the person holding these feelings but everyone around them.
The ending is a bit clichéd but still a very satisfying movie well worth you time.
Have a blessed day,