3 reasons to see ‘God’s Not Dead’
by Jim Denison
Imagine you’re a college freshman in your first day of classes. Your philosophy professor informs the entire class that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God or face a failing grade. Other students begin scribbling the words, “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed. What would you do?
In the upcoming movie, God’s Not Dead, Josh Wheaton (played by Shane Harper) must choose between his faith and his future. He nervously refuses the professor’s request. The professor responds by assigning him a daunting task: Josh must prove God’s existence through evidence and arguments and by engaging the professor in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. He is just one of several characters who are challenged to stand up for their faith.
I recommend God’s Not Dead to you for three reasons:
One: it shows the real-life challenges believers face, especially on college campuses. A rising chorus of critics are claiming that religious beliefs are hazardous, citing 9/11 and other tragedies perpetrated in the name of religion. Some
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claim that we have evolved beyond religion, that faith is based on illusion, and that religious beliefs are irrational. When we know what believers are facing, we can pray for them and be prepared to defend our commitments with confidence.
Two: the movie asks us what risk we are willing to take for Jesus. It would have been easy for Josh Wheaton to submit to his professor’s demand. It would be easy for the thousands of Christians being martyred around the world to deny Christ and save their lives. In a culture where God is more a hobby than a King, Jesus is looking for someone who will “deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23)…