Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ. I pray your blessings of the Easter Season continue and you and your family are well. I do not go to the movies often, but I recently saw the new movie, “God’s Not Dead2”. I felt God moving me to say something to someone about this film. So, to whomever I come in contact with in the near future, and to you, please take the time to read my little “commentary” about the movie. I don’t say much about the movie, more so about my reaction to it. I felt challenged by the Holy Spirit. I pray you will be too. lucky
“God’s Not Dead 2” the movie – My Thoughts – April 3, 2016
I went to a movie with my wife and daughter. I was spiritually moved by what I saw and heard. After prayer and some thoughtful exercise, I felt compelled to share the following with you, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Have you ever said or heard the expression, “New Christians can be obnoxious. They think they know everything about faith and are eager to tell everyone they meet.” I was like that once. As a new believer in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in 1957, I was ready to take on the world. I really believed all that “stuff”, like, “I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength”. After years of spiritual battles and highs and lows, your spiritual confidence can be chipped away, a little chip at a time, and you don’t even know it. Evil is a powerful being and very deceiving. The movie, “God’s Not Dead 2”, is said to be representative of a compilation of several court cases concerning “free speech” and “freedom of religion”. It involves a history teacher, a Christian, who is accused of proselytizing her students in class. The school demands an apology from her. She refuses and she is put on trial for “preaching instead of teaching”. Can this happen today in real life? As they say in the TV program, “Myth Busters”, I think it is “plausible”. She is willing to lose everything for her faith in Jesus Christ. Are you there yet? Can you do that? Have you been worn down by life and culture to the point where you have lost the zeal of the “newbie” in Christ? Have you been compromising your faith in little ways for so long that you do not feel you could match the love for Christ and the spiritual excitement possessed by a “new born in Christ”? A few years ago, I took a stand. I have lost “friends”, “position” and “stuff” because of my faith, but I am stronger in my faith than I ever was. I will not compromise my faith in Jesus Christ and the unimaginable love He has for me and you.
In the book of Matthew, Chapter 10, verse 7, Jesus sends out the 12 apostles to preach “The Kingdom of heaven is near.” In verse 16, He says, “I am sending you out like sheep among the wolves.” And in verses 32 and 33, Jesus says, ”Whoever acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” Herein lies the rub. This is a lifelong commitment. Those of us who believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and our Lord and Savior, we must tell everyone about Him and maintain a fellowship with believers. If we deny Him, He will deny us. Many people on this earth just do not want to be morally judged or to be told what is right or wrong or good or bad. They will fiercely defend their supposed right to not be offended by others. We, believers in Christ, who know of His love for all mankind, must abide by His will and “reach the unreachable, teach the unteachable and love the unlovable”. I do not watch too many movies, but I highly recommend that you see this movie with your family, friends, believers and non- believers alike. Then meditate on what you learned from it. Where are you in your walk with Jesus? Will you be found guilty of being a Christian? Are you really committed to living by His precepts, such as what is taught in Matthew 22:37-39? (“Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”)
In His Service
Kenna “Lucky” Ray
Baptist World Alliance
Executive Committee, Treasurer