Friday evening, my youth group and some people from my church went to see the new movie, God’s Not Dead. I must admit, it surprised me a bit. I had seen the trailers and stuff, but it wasn’t the way I expected it. I must say, it was a great movie and I recommend it to everyone.
Note: The following contains spoilers. If you have not seen the movie, God’s Not Dead, you may not want to read on until you have.
A lot of theaters in the area weren’t going to be showing this movie, probably because they didn’t want a bunch of protests or boycotting. We had to drive an hour and a half to see it. From start to finish, it was worth it though. I give the movie an easy 4.5/5. It had some good humor in it, nothing like what you can see on most television humor shows. At first the plot was a little bit difficult to understand, but by the end of the movie, it all made sense.
What stood out to me most was how Josh Wheaton (the main character) was in a philosophy college class and the teacher wanted all of the students to write down that God is dead. Josh wouldn’t though, and the teacher ended up having him prove that God isn’t dead. Josh had a pretty good life ahead of him it seemed. He had a girlfriend (6 years) and was getting a law degree. All he had to do was sign a paper stating that God is dead and he could be on his merry way. But instead, he defended God. He risked his career and his relationship for God. That’s what I call sacrifice.
Josh defended God through the class and in the end, he asked the teacher why he hated God so much. The teacher said that God took everything from him. Josh replied, ‘How can you hate, what doesn’t exist?’ That was pretty much the end of the discussion.
I feel like a lot of us may have trouble standing up for God. Just read Matthew 10:32-33. It may not be easy to stand up for God, but what’s worse, man’s punishment for not denouncing God, or God’s punishment for denying Him? I prefer the former.
All there is that can be said is, God is not dead.