Movie Review - Come Sunday
Essentially, what Carlton starts to preach is the idea of universal reconciliation or what's sometimes called Christian universalism. It's the idea that all human souls upon death will be with God or in effect go to Heaven, despite whatever sin or failing they've committed while alive. The idea is meant to address some of the contradictions in the Bible about God and the logic and ethics about Hell. In order to remove the contradiction, Carlton reasons that there is no Hell. Carlton is not the first person to embrace Christian universalism. He's simply been one of the most outspoken in the past 20 years and one of the most notable African-Americans to do so.
Unfortunately, the movie presents a problem or question that's never answered. Carlton watches on TV and sees children starving in Africa and dying. Many of them have never been taught about Jesus Christ. The conservatives or fundamentalist evangelicals believe that if these children never know about Christ and embrace him or convert to Christianity and its practices, then they will go to Hell, even through no fault of their own. Carlton can't accept that God would condemn children to Hell through no fault of their own, so he changes to universal reconciliation, which says those children will go to Heaven and therefore so will all regardless of being sinful or non-Christian. The question becomes what is the need or use for churches if we're all going to Heaven anyway.
It's never stated if Carlton doesn't think being gay or "doing gay" as he says is still a sin and if he's an advocate for gay rights like same-sex marriage and adoption, and so forth. It's never stated what he thinks about people who are pro-abortion. The movie ends with this nebulous, unconditional love message without nailing down where he stands on specific issues. As stated before, it also ends without nailing down why going to church is something anyone should do under Carlton's new philosophy or why he himself would, if by his own admission it doesn't matter.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 45 mins.
Available on Netflix.