On Friday, April 1, a movie will be released that I would encourage everyone to plan to see. The movie is titled, “God’s Not Dead 2.” As the “2” implies, it is a sequel to the 2014 movie “God’s Not Dead.”
In the first movie, a Philosophy professor asks his class to write “God is dead” on a paper and turn it in for a grade (so as to skip a “needless debate”). One of the freshmen, though, will not deny his faith. So he is given the final 20 minutes of three classes to present his case that God is NOT dead.
Outside of promoting an unbiblical, but widely believed in the denominational world, teaching concerning how a person is saved, the first movie was a very good movie.
From the previews I have seen, the second movie promises to be just as good. A high school teacher is forced into a high profile legal case because she quoted Jesus in her class room (and, by the way, you just might recognize the exterior shots of the high school...it is our own Siloam Springs High School!). (note: I have since discovered that SSHS may only appear once in the movie and is not every exterior shot of the high school, sorry about that)
As I have not seen the movie, I cannot tell you how it ends...not that I would even if I had already seen the movie. But I would like to tell you about the point, as I see it, of the movie.
We are under attack! Satan has unleashed everything in his arsenal against us. He uses politics, threats, name calling, and, well, anything else he can think of to try and silence Christians.
Some people say that Christians are not being persecuted...that we have just had a “monopoly” on mainstream thought for so long that as other thoughts are accepted it only seems like persecution.
Persecution does NOT require the spilling of blood. A state can pass a law that protects religious freedom and it is branded anti-this or anti-that. Then professional sport leagues say they are going to take this or that event from a city in that state unless the state stops discriminating against a certain group of people: this is economic persecution.
Satan doesn’t want you to think you are under attack. Part of his plan is to make you think that you are somehow at fault for not showing “compassion” for those with whom you disagree. He wants to turn everything into a political issue, where there is no right or wrong, only opinion.
God is NOT dead! Nor is His Word and His Word is the only standard we need. He tells us what is right and what is wrong.
In one of the previews of “God’s Not Dead 2” I viewed, the teacher under fire makes this statement to her lawyer: “I’d rather stand with God and be judged by the world than stand with the world and be judged by God.”
May all of us have the same resolve!