Q&A: Israel Houghton and Galley Molina on 'I'm In Love With a Church Girl'
Ultimately I want believers and non-believers alike to discuss the power of, wow, here was a Christian cast combined with a non-Christian cast telling a powerful story of God's love and forgiveness, putting it in the love between a man and a woman and how God used a woman to change a man's life. If that becomes the subject, that anybody can come to God and know Jesus for who he really is, that's powerful. I think there's going to be so many opportunities like that to give people a way out—to give people a sense of hope coming out of that dark place they're in right now.
This film is semi-autobiographical. Why did you decide to open up and let the world hear and see your story?
MOLINA: When my past finally caught up with me, I realized God was going to have grace and mercy on me, but was going to show me some things. I wrote the script in prison because I knew God wants to take what was meant for evil and use it for good. It all relates back to his grace. I opened up a lot and changed a couple of things for legal reasons, but I'm not afraid of my past. My past is exactly what it is—my past. I heard Israel say one time, "you should only look back to get a quick glimpse of the cross." There's no turning back. This film is a cinematic theatrical testimony. The Bible talks about how we should testify to God for the things he's done, so the talent he's given me, the know—how and resources he's given me, all line up in this platform. He gave me this story for a reason. He wanted me to share this. So this is how we share it.
I'm a living testimony to the grace and mercy of God. I don't want to take credit for any of that. In fact, when you watch the film, it says: Executive Producer: God. He has his own title screen in the opening credits because I know my story isn't my story. My story is the story God gave me. We just penned it. I've done some bad things in my life and I'll probably do some more things—I'm not perfect. But the story is we all fall down but we get up, and we're going to be better for it when it's over. You may have done some bad in your life, but God still forgives you and has grace on your life. So that's the story—it's the story in the story, and that story is Jesus Christ.