I was recently given the opportunity to watch and review God’s Not Dead 2. In preparation for watching it, I decided to watch God’s Not Dead, because I hadn’t seen it yet. If you haven’t seen the first, and you’re deciding whether you’d like to see God’s Not Dead 2 anyway, I encourage you that there isn’t anything in the first that you couldn’t glean from reading the IMDB synopsis that is necessary to the plot of the second.
God’s Not Dead 2 focuses on the same issue — people being asked to deny the existence of God — only this time it’s a high school history teacher whose answer to a question about Jesus lands her in trouble with her school board, and ultimately the ACLU.
Repeat characters include Martin, Reverend Dave, Reverend Jude, Amy, and The Newsboys have all come back for this sequel, and I have to say that I absolutely LOVE Martin. I’m so glad the writers worked him back in. Further, I haven’t seen Melissa Joan Hart (Grace) in anything since Sabrina The Teenage Witch, and while I thoroughly enjoyed that when it was running, I’m pleased to say she’s grown up a lot and she was an excellent choice for this role. Another excellent choice was Jesse Metcalfe as Tom. He plays a lawyer who, while not a believer, will NOT give up on his fight to make sure Grace keeps her right to believe in Jesus.
The movie rang a little close to home for me, as a public elementary school teacher. I’m reminded often (in my own thoughts) of the need to be careful and not be proselytizing, but just like in this film, there’s a line. I’m careful not to cross it, but this film made me wonder if I shouldn’t be as careful? That’s something I need to think through on my own, for sure.
I recommend the movie. It will give you food for thought, as it did for me.
Here are some quotes I found pretty powerful — but you’ll have to watch the movie for context and to understand them 😉
“The thing about atheism is it doesn’t take away the pain; it just takes away the hope.”
“If we stand by and do nothing, the pressure that we feel today will be persecution tomorrow.”
“You of all people should realize, when you’re going through something really hard, the teacher is always quiet during the test.”