GOD'S NOT DEAD 2
A REVIEW FROM A MOVIEGOER
GOD'S NOT DEAD, 3 STORY SET?
"...Atheists can't take away the pain, but they sure take away the Hope"; says the character Walter Wesley, played by well-known Christian actor/singer Pat Boone to his daughter, Grace Wesley (powerfully portrayed by well-known TV actress Melissa Joan Hart). What follows is one of the most critical movies for the Body of Christ in 2016, in America, if our fellow citizens are paying attention.
God's Not Dead 2 (GND2) is a compilation of several, actual court cases, where the religious freedom of students (high school and college), and teachers were denied by an increasingly hostile anti-Christian, God mindset. This mindset was coming for decades, from the days of Supreme Court Hugo Black, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, who was part of the Warren Court, back in the 1960's, which had removed the Bible, and Prayer, from American schools.
Black reintroduced the long-time dormant "separation of church and state" concept, and set the stage for the eventual spiritual decline of the United States. Some of the actual cases listed in the movie credits were the backdrop for this warm, yet deadly-cold reality.
The reality is, some Christians have to walk a fine line daily, in a nation which was founded upon religious principles and liberties for Christians. Now what is apparently manifesting in “God's Not Dead 3” is the natural progression of such extra-constitutional activism.
It is recommended to movie-goers to sit through the entire roll of credits at the end of “God's Not Dead 2” to see what is coming next. A minor subplot during GND2 involves the popular late US Senator/Actor Fred Dalton Thompson, where a group of pastors are ordered by local-government authorities, to hand over all their sermons for a centralized authority to vet.
The story-line is based on what actually occurred in 2014 when the Mayor of Houston, Texas, threatened Houston preachers to hand over their sermons or else . . . An action which resulted in a massive national outcry and backlash. For those who are interested in a growing Christian-movie culture, fueled by current events, this is something to look forward to.
"God's Not Dead 2” revolves around the story of an Arkansas high-school teacher, Grace Wesley, who answers a seemingly-innocuous question in her History Class, about the heroes of non-violence (Gandhi and King) and the greatest non-violent hero in history, Jesus. Another student in the class immediately texted his atheist parents during the class, that his history teacher was turning the class into “Sunday school".
Grace Wesley, a likeable, single teacher, is wonderfully portrayed by Melissa Joan Hart, a popular mainstream television actress (and a Christian woman), is soon brought up before the school board, who demand an apology, and more from her, to deny her testimony of faith in Christ. Grace Wesley declines and decides to take her chances in court!
To read more of this riveting-movie review, and find out what's at stake for the characters involved, make sure to visit Bernie's blog “The Write Stuff” at http://bernielutchman.blogspot.com/search?q=God%27s+not+dead+2
Also see Bernie's review of "God's NOT Dead" for Twinas!
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