Several weeks ago, my wife and I, along with my son and his wife went to the movies to see “God’s Not Dead.” We did not know what to expect, but I did see several negative reviews about it on the internet.
After seeing it I realize now how much it goes against the trends of our day. The story is about a young Christian who faces intimidation in the college classroom from his philosophy professor, played by Kevin Sorbo of the SyFy channel’s Hercules series.
People who complained of how the situation was set up fail to admit of how common the “good guy vs bad guy” theme is in the movies. The reality of intimidation of those who believe in God by “authorities” in science and the media however is not at all fiction.
This movie challenges Christians to take a stand for their belief in God Who created all things. Not only that, but it challenges us to examine why we believe what we believe. It was a close friend of Jesus who encouraged us to:
“not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.” 1 Peter 3:14-17
The young hero in the movie showed this passage in action. We all left the theater refreshed and inspired. I highly recommend it!