Jerry and I, Angela, went to see the movie “God’s Not Dead” with family. We never get to go to the movies, but we made an exception to be able to go and see this movie. We don’t even watch TV anymore because of all of the negative and outright sinful things that are on television, now. Also, what shows that we did find acceptable became a hindrance due to taking up so much time just zoning out in front of the TV. When we saw the trailer for the movie “God’s Not Dead” we knew that we wanted to go and see this and experience it for ourselves firsthand.
Jerry’s review [written from jail]: “What I Thought about God’s Not Dead” (somewhat of a spoiler alert)
First, I would like to say that it was very inspiring to me. I mean, if we think about it, what would it have really mattered if he had written God’s Dead on a piece of paper. If we are honest – what would we have done if faced with the same situation before we saw the movie?
As a mature Christian, I would not sign it, but for a young man to be that young and mature was truly inspiring and it didn’t come without cost. His classmates were upset because they had to read an extra book because of him and he lost his girlfriend. The professor really thought that he had the upper hand and maybe he did for a minute, but in the end, our God showed up and showed out as only our God can do.
Don’t get me wrong, I know where the professor was coming from because I lost my mother when I was 10 and I spent a lot of my life being angry at God. But God loved that professor right up to the end and let him come in at the eleventh hour. That’s how awesome our God is. I mean, the man went through his whole life hating God and all the while God loved Him and wanted him to come and be with Him for eternity. That’s the kind of God we serve. He wants to save all of us from a devil’s hell. And the young lady that had cancer, God didn’t give her cancer, but I bet He is more than willing to heal her.
We as a human race are fallen beings and no matter how much we don’t accept it, we or some of us are going to die before the world thinks that we should. Even if we are Christians we are not all going to die of old age. But, if we are Christians, we are going to wake up on the other side in far better shape than we were on this side. Amen. (written on 4/21/14 by Jerry Dingler and added to this blog post by Angela Dingler on 5/7/14)
We were not disappointed at all! The movie is great! We laughed and we cried and there were so many elements of the movie that are true to life. I have been going to a local community college and taking classes online. There is so much anti-God material being taught in the schools, now. I was kind of shocked to see the way that our schools are blatantly calling God and religion either outdated, untrue, or just made up by mankind to rule others. I must also say that even in this environment that there are also several other classes where God is acknowledged as real and sovereign and our Creator. So, while I have encountered the adversary at work in my college classes, I have also seen God’s hand at work there and being acknowledged!
The movie also showed how there are no coincidences and that is something that we firmly believe. God is all about working everything out for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose. Sometimes we have no idea all of the things that God is doing on our behalf that is unseen and behind the scenes. Just like this movie portrays, our lives each touch other lives and sometimes we may never know how our connection to another person encourages them or helps them. On the flip side, our sin also touches others lives in harmful ways and sometimes we don’t see how that plays out. This movie is a good reminder of how our lives do touch so many other’s lives.
I would like to make mention of one thing that has been brought up by non-believers who have criticism for the movie. Some say that the characters are too stereotyped and that the movie portrays all non-believers as angry, bitter, full of hate and cold. Also, they say that the movie portrays them as being emotionally hurt in their past and that is what drives their non-belief. One other criticism is that the character with cancer only turns to God because she doesn’t want to die. Listen, I would like to point out that this is a movie. This is a movie that is for entertainment and also to show that God is alive. This is not a movie to explain or portray to an exact extent how people are and why they believe the way that they do. Also, this movie is based on real cases where students have had to make a choice between following their religious beliefs or failing a class or being silenced on campus. The examples used in the movie may be based on stereotypes to get across broad examples of how people do believe and act in real life in order to show how God can and will work in the situations portrayed. Critics will always have criticisms. The movie is great and does what it was made to do. Inspire believers to speak up and contend for the faith!
Our main reaction to this movie is that we chose to also contend for our faith. We invite you to do the same! This movie did really motivate us to share our faith and faith journey – how we are working out our salvation with fear and trembling. We were so inspired that we wanted to have a “faith rally” in the park, immediately. We felt like we should be taking our faith and sharing it corporately outside of the church walls, too. All of these ideas are in the works and this blog is one way that we felt led to begin sharing our faith and belief in God and Jesus, His Son. We would love to come and sing and speak if you have an idea for a gathering of people or a church. Contact us for more information.
If you have not seen the movie, go ahead, you will enjoy it. If you don’t know Jesus, then maybe this movie will open your heart to Him. All in all, the movie is just a movie. God’s Word, His Holy Spirit, the Father and Jesus – He is who is important and who you need to know in order to be made whole. God bless you!