Back in April, as businesses shut down, beaches closed, and skate parks were filled with sand by government orders, people who had never been to church in their life set foot in one during a service as a thousand more people sat outside a Newbury Park, California, church, ready to take citations so that the people inside could worship, if it came to that. But it didn’t—even as counter-protesters carried signs across the street and law enforcement kept watch between both sides, officers weren’t willing to arrest worshipers. There was even a sheriff inside, attending the service.
Liberty is God’s idea, the pastor, Rob McCoy, said as he was interviewed after the fact for the documentary “America, America, God Shed His Grace on Thee.” The film premiered on Oct. 10 during the live-streamed Western Conservative Summit 2020.
The documentary was directed by Chris Burgard and Jeff Hunt, and stars Nick Searcy as he interviews people from coast to coast about what God has to do with America, and how that’s changed since its founding. Although the expedited filmmaking journey felt “like wandering around in a maze with a blindfold and earmuffs,” they took that central idea and ran with it, and came out with a timely and topical film.