The point of that long digression into some of the silliness of my youth is to say that it seems to me that the Christian movies of today (of the Kirk Cameron genre) are in the same developmental phase as Christian music was in the 80s: cheesy and preachy. I think there is a legitimate place for preaching and cheese, but I'm not sure if it should qualify as good art. So, I generally don't watch those movies. (I'd be happy to be pointed to the exceptions in that regard if any of you have some.)
Anyway, evidently there is a scene in Courageous when one of the characters compares God to a judge and says something like, "If someone were murdered and the judge let the murderer off the hook and didn't punish that crime, would you think that was a good judge? No. Of course not. So would God be good if he didn't punish sin? No. Of course not." This is supposed to be an argument on behalf of the penal substitution theory of the atonement, I guess. But I'm not very persuaded by it. In the analogy, the crime wasn't committed against the judge, and so the judge is supposed to be an impartial protector of the law. Is that really what they think God is? If a crime was committed against me, and the offender was apologetic and offered to pay reparations, would I be considered a bad person if I said, "No, that's OK. I forgive you. Don't worry about it."?? Isn't sin committed against God, and so couldn't God forgive people without being called a bad judge?? Is it really forgiveness if God demands payment?? That sounds more like God is being paid off.
Christians of our generation have been pretty overwhelmingly persuaded by the narrative of penal substitution. It seems to me that we need to think more carefully about the implications of such a position. There's a lot of ink being spilled on theories of the atonement now, and some people are pretty sure that adopting the right theory is a necessary component of being saved. God help us. God help us all to think hard and long about matters of truth, and to be generous enough to admit that we might be wrong.