I got a chance to see the movie God’s Not Dead during its opening weekend. It was powerful, poignant and convicting.
The movie centers on an atheist philosophy professor who tells his students if they write “God is Dead” on a piece of paper and sign their name, they will pass the first portion of his class – 30 percent of their grade.
One freshman student, Josh Wheaton, who is a Christian, can’t bring himself to write the words…to deny his God. The professor gives him an alternative assignment. He must present evidence to the class over the course of the semester that proves the existence of God. Josh takes the challenge as long as the students can serve as the jury.
What struck me was how the other students so nonchalantly signed that declaration. It was just an easy grade.
But what affected me the most was Josh’s longtime girlfriend who didn’t want him to do it because he could fail the class and that would alter their perfectly ordered life plan. In fact, no one in his family wanted him to do it either.
How many of us don’t want to step out of our comfortble Christian”bubbles” to do the hard work of witnessing? We don’t speak up in the name of keeping the peace and being “tolerant.” But, in failing to do so, we compromise our faith.
As believers in God and followers of Christ, we MUST defend our faith and stand up for God and Jesus Christ no matter the cost! Compromise leads others astray.
Here’s the most convicting part:
Jesus said in Matthew 10:32-33, “Everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.