God’s Not Dead

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The premise of God’s Not Dead is a good one: a college student is challenged by a professor to stand up for his faith and “prove” that God is not dead. There are other storylines that weave throughout the film and intersect, but the main focus is definitely on this student’s challenge.

The cheese factor in this film is not nearly as high as I expected it to be…but it was there. Let’s get the technical stuff out of the way now – the acting was so-so, the writing a bit stiff and awkward, and the production value was on par with an indie film with a decent budget.

All of that though, does not detract from the fact that God’s Not Dead is a movie worth seeing. The absolute best part of the movie was when the Gospel was clearly and unashamedly delivered, even if the circumstances surrounding the delivery were a bit forced.

Shane Harper plays a convincing college freshman who knows what he believes, and is willing to take a risk and stand up for those beliefs. Kevin Sorbo, formerly of television’s Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, is good as the atheist professor who antagonizes Harper at every opportunity. Superman also makes an appearance – again from the small screen: Dean Cain. He also plays someone that has left his faith, or never had one to begin with.

If you’ve seen any trailers, you know the Newsboys also have some screen time – not only singing, but working as actors as well. Laid-back redneck Willie Robertson, along with wife Korie, also have a brief cameo in the film, and honestly, Willie is the same as he is in Duck Dynasty – funny and not afraid to speak his mind.

Christian producer and actor, David A.R. White, portraying Reverend Dave brings some good reality to his character. He gets frustrated, he doesn’t have all the answers, and sometimes he’s not totally satisfied with his job. And yet, he still continues in what God has called him to do, which is to minister to others and let people know that God loves us so much that he sacrificed His son in order to save us from our sins. While circumstances may not always go in our favor, Reverend Dave reminds us “God is good, all the time. And all the time, God is good.”

Not all of the stories in God’s Not Dead are played out to completion, which reflects reality in the fact that we don’t always see the fruits of our labor, but it’s still a bit unsatisfying in a movie setting – to not have all loose ends tied up neatly…but that makes for a good discussion afterwards.

See the movie. It’s definitely worth seeing…but maybe not for the premium price at the theatre.

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