‘God’s Not Dead’ an inspirational story about unconditional love

Reviewed by Emma Gadbery
Times-News correspondent

   “God’s Not Dead” is a story of true redemption and doing the right thing, even though it’s difficult. This story follows a freshman in college named Josh Wheaten (Shane Harper), who is a devoted Christian. On the first day of class, his philosophy professor, Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo) who is an atheist, asks the class to write three simple words on a sheet of paper: God is dead. When Josh refuses to do this because of his beliefs, Professor Radisson challenges Josh to defend God and prove to his classmates that God is not dead.
Throughout the film, all of Josh’s loved ones try to convince him that defending his God is a bad idea, but Josh feels like this is what God is calling him to do. The film also follows other characters (Paul Kwo, Trisha LaFache, David A.R White, Benjamin Ochieng, Cory Oliver, Hadeel Sittu), each with their own struggles and their own story of how they defend God, but all intertwined with Josh’s story.
   This movie is well-written and has a wonderful message for everyone: that they have a God who loves them unconditionally. Also, there are appearances from Willie and Korie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame and Christian band Newsboys, all proclaiming the word of the Lord in different ways, through music and duck calls. An overall theme is introduced with Matthew 10:32-33: “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.”
If we choose to be an advocate for God, Jesus will plead on our behalf before God. But if we choose to turn our backs on God and not listen to what He is trying to tell us, He also will turn away from us. Doing the right thing in God’s eyes is difficult when everyone else is trying to convince us it is wrong. But, as Josh discovers, it can be rewarding when we do what pleases God.
“God’s Not Dead” is a great family movie, although it’s probably not suitable for young children. It is currently being shown at the Carousel Cinemas at Alamance Crossing and also will be playing at the Graham Cinema beginning Friday.
“God’s Not Dead” is an inspirational story about going against the flow, doing what’s right for God when the whole world is against us and that no one is out of God’s reach. It is rated PG for mature themes and brief violence and is 121 minutes long.

 Emma Gadbery is a sophomore home-schooler and a Teens & Twenties writer and artist.


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