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Recently I had the privilege, along with local youth pastors, senior pastors, and bloggers, to get an advanced screening of the upcoming movie God’s Not Dead, which stars Kevin Sorbo (SOUL SURFER, HERCULES, ANDROMEDA), Shane Harper (GOOD LUCK CHARLIE, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2), David A.R. White (BROTHER WHITE, REVELATION ROAD and JERUSALEM COUNTDOWN), and Dean Cain (LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN), with special appearances by Christian super-band Newsboys and “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie and Korie Robertson. The movie follows Josh Wheaton (Harper), a college student as he is challenged by his atheist philosophy professor (Sorbo) to prove the existence of God, and convince the majority of his class, or risk failure. This challenge comes after the class is instructed to disavow God the first day of class, which Josh simply cannot do.
Normally, I tend to stay far away from movies that promote themselves as being Christian. No, I am not worried I will hear theology I don’t agree with. No, I am not concerned I won’t like the story. I have had, in the past, a tendency to be embarrassed by “Christian” movies. I know. It’s shameful to admit that. The messages in the movies are good, the story lines are great. It’s just that it has seemed, in the past, that the acting in these films is sub par at best and I just can’t get past it.
That said, I went into this screening with an open mind. The previews I had seen looked really good and I really, REALLY wanted to like this movie. More than that, I am a youth pastor- I wanted to like this movie enough to show it to my youth group and not be embarrassed! I am pleased to say, I loved this movie. The acting was great, but better than that, the theme of this movie is A-W-E-S-O-M-E! As a Christian, and I don’t think I am alone in this, I often find it difficult to share my faith, let alone back up what I believe when challenged by someone who, by all appearances, knows more than I. What this movie brought home for me, is that it IS worth it to know what I believe, know how to communicate it, know how to back up my faith with why I believe what I do, and be willing to suck up the fear and anxiety associated with rejection and share. Bottom line. We never know who is listening, whose life will be touched when we talk about God, and how our courage will impact someone’s eternity.
God’s Not Dead will be released on March 21, 2014 in limited theaters, however, anyone wishing to support this film and make it a hit opening weekend is able to reserve screenings for the film, buy tickets for a group in advance, and is invited to share promotional information via Facebook and Twitter.
Here’s the trailer, to peak your interest…