What Difference Does It Make?
With a movie title like God’s NOT Dead, any non-believer should know better than to set foot in the theater lest he be convinced otherwise. My husband Mike and I didn’t need any convincing. We were, however, skeptical of the film because too often “Christian” movies are quality poor.
During the first half of the film, Mike was itching to head for the lobby—find some twizzlers—he was bored.
“The last half,” Mike confessed, “was redeeming and darn good.” In fact, he recommends it!
I, on the other hand, was never bored, just disappointed in some of the casting (probably budget limitations) and the need for more lively lines. What a boost then to have a spirited andentertaining performance by the Newsboys – God’s Not Dead – YouTube now the #1 inspirational song in America.
The story opens with college student Josh Wheaton accepting the challenge to prove to his professor and class that God is, in fact, not dead. While remarkable incidents in his life beg him to concede, the decision to accept such a challenge is enough to keep one’s own mind and conscience whirling.
The movie takes the liberty of portraying non-Christians in the film as self-centered, uncaring types, the way Christians are customarily viewed in most secular programming. Josh’s girlfriend’s role was carried out so well I could feel the cringing in the theater when she bossed her boyfriend. That was one of several scenes begging for decision.
Though the film directs its viewers to believe God’s Not Dead, when the dust settles, the audience is left to decide who wins the debate, or the bigger question, as the writer implores, what difference does it make?