Very seldom will one see me watching a religious movie. However, there is a faith-based movie that is out in theaters. It appears as though people are listening, too, because we walked in to a theater room which was already half full when we walked in. To put it in perspective, we have walked into Disney movies with less attendance at the specific time we came in.
The movie is entitled “God’s Not Dead.” A few actors that you may have heard of are featured in this wonderful flick. They are Kevin Sorbo, who plays Professor Radisson and Dean Cain, who plays “Mark.” Also featured are Willie Robertson and his wife Korie, from the TV show Duck Dynasty.
In this movie, Professor Radisson is portrayed as a staunch atheist who presents a challenge to all of his students. Declare that God is dead, or face almost certain failure by having to present real, empirical evidence that God exists. As every student writes their declaration and signs their faith away, Josh Wheaton (portrayed by Shane Harper) cannot bring himself to deny Christ or the Father and chooses instead to accept the professor’s challenge.
He faces adversity in the form of resentment from his fellow students, lack of support from his girlfriend and his family and threats of academic murder from Professor Radisson. He learns to seek advice from his pastor and finds unlikely support from a new friend.
This movie hits home in a big way. Mark, a shrewd businessman played by Dean Cain, is as unfaithful as can be. While visiting his mother, he asks her how she could wind up like she is, while he, an atheist, could have such a perfect life. This one powerful quote will give those who have any doubt as to the meaning of this movie a clear vision of why to watch it:
Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life without trouble because he doesn’t want them turning to God. Their sin is like a jail cell, except it is all nice and comfy and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to leave. The door’s wide open. Till one day, time runs out and the cell door slams shut and suddenly it’s too late.
It really hit hard, because I once was one of those people. My life seemed to have become perfect. I was living a life of morals, but I wasn’t living a life of fulfillment. I was living only for myself. I didn’t see a need nor a reason to believe. What finally convinced me to run back? Life was too perfect. I could do whatever I wanted, when I wanted to. There seemed no consequences. Thus is the great deception of Satan.
The acting was surprisingly good. Keep in mind that it is hard to review Christian movies objectively due to the simple fact that there is bias among viewers. That is why I suggest going into this one with an open heart. One simply cannot “watch” this movie. Its message must be felt.
God’s Not Dead is rated PG.