“I’d rather stand with God and be judged by the world, than stand with the world and be judged by God.” – Grace Wesley, God’s Not Dead 2
My family had to drive two hours and across the state line to find a theater that was playing God’s Not Dead 2. We made the drive, and the film was worth every mile.
Released by Pure Flix, this film offers a powerful wake up call to Christians. Unlike our forefathers who fought and bled for our religious freedoms, we have stood by and said nothing while our most basic human right – the right to believe as we choose – has begun to be ripped from our grasp.
The film shares the story of Grace Wesley (Melissa Joan Hart), a public school teacher who finds herself sued by the Supreme Court for simply answering a question about Jesus in history class. Every moment of the film is completely believable because this truly is what our society has come to. The people of the world are shouting until they’re blue in the face, demanding equality for those who question their gender, while at the very same time demanding for Christians to be silenced and stripped of their rights. Where are the social media trends crying out for Christian rights? Where are the schools, government leaders, and superstores willing to stand up and take a stand for Christians who face persecution?
God’s Not Dead 2 was a truly excellent film. The actors breathed life into every line, the plot gave a frighteningly accurate snapshot of today’s world, and the message to Christians across the globe was painfully clear: fight for your right to believe, or lose it forever.
Am I being dramatic? I don’t think so. Pastors in Houston, Texas were asked to submit copies of all their sermons for the government to review. This is not just in the movies, folks, this is real life. And if the government can censure what is preached from the pulpit, what else will they do to silence our collective Christian voice?
First Lady Michelle Obama recently addressed the graduating class of Jackson State University in Mississippi. She said, “If we fail to exercise our fundamental right to vote, then I guarantee that so much of the progress we’ve fought for will be under threat.” Though she was applying this to gay rights, her words hold true to followers of Christ. If we don’t become involved in politics, if we refuse to vote or cry out for our rights, then we will lose everything.
Don’t be intimidated by fear, children of light! Stand up, speak up, and resolve to stand with God, even if it means being judged by an angry world.