Generational Sins: Breaking the Cycle of Hurt

It’s amazing what happens to a man when he loses his family. -- Pastor Thomas

When Drew returns to the side of his mother’s deathbed, her dying wish is that he’d take his estranged brother back to his hometown. While the road trip seems like it would be an easy journey, the emotional journey back into the sphere of his abusive, alcoholic father. 

When Drew (Daniel MacPherson) and his brother Will (Dax Spanogle) return to the their birthplace, encountering some of the same people that Drew remembers (but Will doesn’t). The brothers attempt to cooperate with each other, but other people, alcohol, and old wounds get in the way. As they seem to move forward, they are thrust back into pain they thought they’d left behind but never had. 

I’m just so scared I’m going to end up like him. -- Drew 

Drew attempts to reconnect with his highschool sweetheart, and Will tries to show he can be more than a philanderer… but they’re sons of the same father, Bill, a man with anger and alcohol problems. The film implies, rather strongly, that those are passed down to them in ways they’ve never considered before; without help or hope for the future, they are pursuing the same dark paths that he once did. 

But Bill has found Jesus. 

When the brothers confront him, they must deal with their own soul-searching about forgiveness. Their father has come to grips with his sons and inability to make himself right without Jesus - but that doesn’t change for them what has been done in the past. It’s an exploration of what grace looks like, for us, and for others as we accept grace for ourselves. 

We all need a savior. -- Pastor Thomas 

While we are called to experience God’s grace and love for ourselves through Jesus’ death and resurrection, it is even more difficult for us at times to extend that grace to others. In Generational Sins, there is a remarkable exploration of how sons struggle to avoid their father’s mistakes, and how they must wrestle with the forgiveness God has granted him … and them, if they’d accept it. 

With harsh language in places, earning it a Dove Rating of 18+ for that language, Generational Sins attempts to show how the road to faith isn’t a straight line, and how our darkness is often internal not external. It’s well-acted, and powerfully put together, with ample food for thought for those who’ve accepted Christ and those who haven’t.