Tuesday, April 28, 2015


GOD’S NOT DEAD, the movie, debuted one year ago, but I believe it is so relevant in these times and don’t want it to be forgotten! To encourage those who may have missed it to see it--though I’m not usually a movie reviewer--I've chosen to bring ti to you today!

My husband and I took two of our grandsons, ages eleven and fourteen, to see the movie GOD’S NOT DEAD, a powerful, Indy Christian movie. We all enjoyed it very much, and when it was over, went to texting as the Christian band Newsboys suggested all the movie-goers do—text everyone you know this simple, not-so-subtle message: ‘God’s Not Dead’.

Opening weekend, March 21, 2014, ticket sales landed the Pure Flix release in the top-five earning films with $8.6M though showing on only 730 screens. Christians showing up in droves doubled the per-screen revenues of ‘The Muppets Most Wanted’. While this surprised the analysts, it came as no shocker to the distribution company’s expectations due to the exciting engagement numbers prior to GOD’S NOT DEAD’s release. 

A college freshman, played by Shane Harper, wears his cross necklace signing up for a philosophy course even though forewarned that the professor will beat him down in an effort to crush his Christian faith. 
The first thing the atheist instructor (Kevin Sorbo) does is force every student in his class to write ‘God is dead’ on a sheet of paper and sign it. But Josh Wheaton refuses and Professor Radisson declares he will fail and break him. The two strike a deal that Josh will have twenty minutes in the next three classes to do his best to prove God is not dead to the students who have just all signed the papers.

While these classes take place, other characters’ stories are introduced: a Muslim student hiding her recent conversion from her strict father, Reverend Dave serving in the college town trying to show his visiting Nigerian preacher friend a good time, a vegan reporter Amy who learns she has cancer and her wealthy, career driven boyfriend, Mark, his Christian sister Mena—Radisson’s live-in girlfriend—their mother suffering with dementia, one of the students in the class, a young Chinese man under conviction.
Josh’s girlfriend Karen has their lives all planned out and demands that he not buck the professor who can ruin him and their future together. His parents, never on-screen, are also against taking that path, seems everyone is, but with the reverend’s encouragement, Josh defies them all to do what he believes is the right, and God blesses his efforts to prepare for his debate with his professor.

A fun scene is when the real Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson and his wife are ambushed by the reporter trying to dispel their religion, but end up sharing their testimony with the dying woman. There’s a minimal amount of violence in the film depicted when the Muslim father knocks his daughter around before putting her out of their home and at the end when Radisson, on his way to the Newsboys’ concert to make up with Mena, is hit by a car.
All the stories are nicely tied up as the players all end up at the concert. Karen breaks it off with Josh, so he invites the Chinese student to use her ticket (bought earlier for his and Karen’s first date anniversary). The reporter barges into the band’s back room for an interview, but ends up getting prayed for. Seems everything is playing against Reverend Dave getting his friend to the planned trip, but the Nigerian continually encourages him that it’s okay because God is on the throne and in control. They end up being at the scene of the accident and pray with the professor.
The three times that Josh addresses the philosophy class are wonderful and anointed and provide a powerful persuasion that God is not dead using philosophers through the centuries and up to Steven Hawking. Can he convince his fellow students though? The film exposes academia’s liberal agenda practiced today on college campuses across our country. To my grandsons chagrin—by the way, they sat on the edge of their seats by the end of the movie—I waited, blocking their exit, to read the all the credits that cited hundreds of ongoing legal cases that fight for the rights of Christian students and professors.

It’s definitely a movie with a message, and for God, for Christendom, it’s a good one! For liberal agnostics and atheists, maybe not so much, except they may walk out converted. Journalists Adam R. Holtzand Steven Isaac banner on the Huffington Post Religion Blog claim the film Preys on Evangelical fear. They report GOD’S NOT DEAD pits conservative Christianity against the forces of plurality in contemporary culture. I’d agree and declare Christianity won!
Endorsed by The American Family Association’s president, GOD’S NOT DEAD is purposeful family entertainment well worth the price of the tickets to take the whole family. I highly recommend that churches make sure their entire youth groups to see this great movie that honors God and advances His Kingdom on earth. It's available on DVD now, too!
I guarantee if you’re a follower of Christ, you won’t regret spending your decision watching GOD’S NOT DEAD, but rather be energized to go and share the good news that:

God lives! 

Hallelujah! Y'all be blessed!

One teeny disclaimer as a writer, I just want you all to know I would have preferred GOD ISN'T DEAD. It's become something I'm acutely aware of on the written page as well as in my speech--and others'. When claiming ANYthing "is not" whatEVER, it sounds so much better to contract the 'is not' to 'isn't.' The more common tradition is to put the 'apostrophe 'S' of the 'is' onto the subject--herein 'God'--which lets the 'S' slide in front of the 'not' forming the new word SNOT.
Yuckadoo! Drippy body fluids escaping the nostril...SO...next time you want to say 'That is not gross', please remember 'That isn't gross' versus 'That's not gross'...because it just is! :) Thank you for allowing this wee  rant. I appreciate your indulgence.  

SING A NEW SONG, is my new release for April, a Christian contemporary romance, book two of the Red River Romance series. Mary Esther wins fame as a singer with a Christian band, but becomes disillusioned and goes home where she runs into her childhood best friend and first kisser, Samuel Levi Baylor. He's been tending cows and sharing the Good News every chance he gets in the twenty years they've been separated. He wrote to her, but the letters all came back marked returned to sender. Can puppy love be rekindled?

1 comment:

  1. Caryl, we saw this movie on Netflix and LOVED it! So many awesome themes of God's redemption. Loved the characters. I wish everyone would see this. LOL on the S Not.