All too often Christian movie makers soften the impact of the gospel story in order to more neatly fit into our modern culture. We buy into the idea that acceptance in our society is a goal of the church. As a result our presentation of the gospel can be watered down to a “feel-good” message of hope against all odds. These films tell the non-believers around us that God loves them and there is grace available if only they would open themselves to the possibilities God offers. But they often stop there.
Too many movies of faith stop at that “feel-good” moment and to our shame we never even mention Jesus Christ, the cross, and God’s sacrifice of His own son as personal payment for our sin. Non-believers leave the theaters smiling with a feeling that they’ll be fine just because God loves them. And no life-changing decision is explained or sought.
I was about to write a blog on a completely different subject when my wife and I went on a date night to a “religious” movie. We left the theater looking at each other and saying, “Finally, a Christian movie giving the entire message of Christ!” What a fantastic story of faith, testimony, and salvation.
The movie GOD’S NOT DEAD is a wonderful experience. Go see it. This time you can take your unsaved family and friends and know they’ll hear a life-altering message of Jesus Christ.
The movie is a major production starring Kevin Sorbo (TV’s Hercules), Shane Harper, David A.R. White, and Dean Cain (TV’s Superman). There’s even a special appearance by Willie and Korie Robertson (of Duck Dynasty fame). In fact, Willie Robertson shares as clear a message of salvation found in Christ as I’ve seen in a Christian film. He’s definitely not added to the cast as just a pretty face!
Here’s a story synopsis from the official movie website:
College freshman and devout Christian Josh Wheaton has his faith challenged on his first day of philosophy class by the dogmatic Professor Radisson. Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: to prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course, hindering his academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God? Wouldn’t it just be easier just to write “God Is Dead” and put the whole incident behind him?
The film carries a rating of PG and is highly recommended for the entire family although little ones may find it boring. If you know a middle schooler, high school student, or college student, this movie is an absolute must.
I became a Christian in college and have had professors just like the one portrayed in the story. This is a realistic portrayal of the stand many of our believing students are called on to make for God’s glory.
The word of God makes it clear:
The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, “There is no God.” Psalm 10:4
The Bible also gives God’s reaction to atheism,
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. Psalm 14:1
And this truth is so important it is repeated in its entirety in Psalm 53.1.
In the New Testament, Paul wrote an exhortation to those not believing in God,
Professing to be wise, they became fools, Romans 1:22
And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. Romans 1:28–32
GOD’S NOT DEAD is a movie that carries this message of warning and redemption and should be seen by every Christ-follower and their friends… maybe more than once.
If you’re interested here is a link to the film’s official website: http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/
Think about it…