In March 2014, a new Christian film called God's Not Dead will be released in theaters. Here is the synopsis of the film:
"God's Not Dead is a new Christian film about faith and the limits one young man will go in order to defend his belief in God. Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), a freshman college student, enrolls in a philosophy class taught by an infamous and dictatorial professor. Dr. Radisson (Kevin Sorbo) demands that all of his students must sign a declaration that "God is dead" in order to get a passing grade. Josh refuses. But, he needs to take this class to meet his academic requirements. And so the professor strikes a bargain: Josh must defend his position that 'God is alive' in a series of debates with him in order to stay in the class. If he loses, he flunks. When Josh accepts the challenge, he gets more than he bargained for--jeopardizing his faith, his relationships and even his future . . . When your faith is tested, can you explain what you believe?
I will reserve my opinion of this movie until I get a chance to watch it. But here are my hopes and prayers of this movie. I hope it is helpful for those Christians who are put in an environment like this everyday in the educational classroom. I know my son who is in 8th grade faces a kind of this same sort of indignation every day in his science class. I hope seeing someone stand up for their faith and belief in the existence of God will motivate people like him to do the same thing.
But I also pray it is real and not just a feel-good story. I have no idea how the movie ends, but I hope it does not pain the light that if you stand up for your faith everyone will turn to believe what you believe. Sometimes, we stand up for our faith in Jesus and things in this world turn south. It is just exhausting for me to watch Christian films paint a picture that believing in God brings about all of our worldly hopes and dreams.
I do hope this movie does good for the cause of Jesus and His gospel. Watch the trailer below to get a glimpse of what this movie will be like.