It’s been a while since you’ve seen a byline on this page but as you might know through a Facebook post, I caught a matinee showing of God’s Not Dead with the wife and kids Saturday. It seems there are a lot of Christian-themed movies coming out these days. I’m sure some folks don’t like that notion, but given the full theater for the film the family and I sat for, some obviously do.

Though I have never professed expertise as a movie critic – those we run on are handled by a Stephens colleague in Las Vegas – I did think God’s Not Dead was well done.

There were several things I liked about the film, for starters depicting the reality that a lot of people are essentially sheep – potentially goats come separation time – even so-called Christians. They cower to powers that be and go along to get along rather than stand up in defense of what they profess to believe.

Daniel came to mind, particularly the rule that he need only not ask any thing of man or God for 30 days. How many fell in line then?

I also especially like that, even though stated only briefly, but extremely eloquently in a comparison of sin and a jail cell, the movie insisted that not only is God not dead, neither is Satan.

Mind you I’m not calling any particular character Satanic but depicting a college campus as the Devil’s playground is so obvious its simple. As simple as a Google or Bing search for any act of depravity for which not only a definition, but also a video link can likely be found. Pease, don’t take the preceding sentence as a challenge, encouragement or permission to see if I’m right, just, well, believe it.

I also truly liked the depiction that things happen for a reason in that timing is never entirely accidental. Obviously I readily accept there are coincidences, but there also divine occurrences. Faith is needed to determine the difference.

The strongest point of the film is that Christianity is a choice and one that is not always the easy way. Ergo I truly liked the idea that no matter what a Christian, or a group of them does, not everyone will be reached. The character who rejected everything despite an obvious drawing is incredibly realisitc. So too was the character who suffered physical and emotional abuse for her choice.

In case you’re wondering, I do not think anyone in particular is unreachable, but conversely the wholesale acceptance of the class was a little more than I was willing to accept – the odds that someone would not first think of a grade to preserve was too much.

You knew there had to be at least one, but I was a little put off by the marketing. Not that there is a trailer for the film interrupting every show on the dial, but there were repeated plugs for Duck Dynasty and especially Newsboys. I don’t watch the former and had never heard of the latter.

But to be clear, while it is refreshing to see Christian-themed films succeed — as I stated there are several out now, but according to the one for Noah, it is an offense to Christians — I point no accusatory finger here, but am reminded that the God who is not dead, also will not share glory with any man.