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Monday, December 23, 2013

The Wolf of Wall Street On Christmas Day: The Wolf, Sheep & Goats: Matt 25:31-46

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The Wolf of Wall Street On Christmas Day:
The Wolf, Sheep & Goats: Matt 25:31-46

These actual comments and replies from
 Forbes concern Mark Hughes' review of
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
and its opening on Christmas Day. 
Please feel free to add your thoughts and comments 
to this conversation either below 
or online at Forbes.  


  1. Beautifully said Rev. Grant and thank you for all that you are doing to shed light on the true story of pain and suffering. May we reflect this Christmas Day that a Savior was born unto all of us! If we spent more time helping those who are broken instead of judging them, opening a heart to those who need us, then maybe some real changes can be made and movies like these don't have to be shown. The only glory we should be giving is to the one who died for all of our sins.

    1. This replies to an Open Letter appearing at, by Christina McDowell, whose father went to prison in the Stratton, Oakmont matter depicted in The Wolf of Wall Street:

      Dear Christina,

      Thank you for your heartfelt and courageous letter. My family and I believe that we understand and commiserate with you.

      As a person who committed and went to prison for a white-collar crime, I have since dedicated my life to helping families in suffering communities in the inner city and in white collar and nonviolent settings. My journey took me from prison, to earning a Master of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary in NYC, to becoming Associate Minister/Director of Prison Ministries at The First Baptist Church of Bridgeport, CT, to founding the first ministries in the US created to support the families of persons accused or convicted of white-collar and other nonviolent crimes.

      We have been concerned ever since we first learned that The Wolf of Wall Street would be adapted into a movie - we had read Mr. Belfort's book and couldn't find any redemptive quality in it whatsoever. What benefit could a movie about this book bring to the world? We have been posting our concerns on our blog at, and on Twitter at jeffgrant_ct. These concerns have been included as well as "called-out" comments by Mark Hughes in his column in Forbes.

      I went see this movie today with my sister, we both lived through a lot of the subject matter included in the book and movie. My sister visited me in prison, and has written about it on our blog. (I would not see this or any movie on Christmas Day that has been described on Twitter as "pornographic".) My simple review of the movie is: "tragic." It is all so tragic, every bit of it - a point that the movie glosses over as it tries so desperately to entertain. I am sure a lot of people have been, or will be, entertained by this movie. They didn't tragically live through it, or weren't tragically harmed by people like the people in this movie. The fact that Mr. Scorcese has avoided the real story - the tragedy - is unto itself a tragedy.

      But as see it, the biggest tragedy of all about white-collar and nonviolent crime is not how big the matter is, or sensationalized the headlines – it is in our failure to see it as a human story, with real people, real brokenness, and real families left behind.

      Christina, please feel free to contact us if there is anything we can do to help you or anyone you care about.


      Rev. Jeff Grant, JD, M Div
      Director, Progressive Prison Project/ Innocent Spouse & Children Project
      Christ Church Greenwich
      254 East Putnam Avenue
      Greenwich, Connecticut 06830 USA

      Assoc. Minister /
      Director of Prison Ministries
      First Baptist Church of Bridgeport
      126 Washington Avenue, 1st Fl.
      Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604