Christian movies have got to be better. Is God’s Not Dead (2014) seriously the best that the Christian movie industry can do? I haven’t seen the movie; this is not a movie review, this is a response to the praise the movie has been receiving. I’m glad people have liked the movie; if news reports are to be believed, it has even changed some people’s lives. That’s all good, and I’m all for it. However, judging from the trailer, this movie is awful.
Judging from the trailer, the acting is awful and the premise is flawed. The movie’s main antagonist, an atheist philosophy professor, says that here is no God and then says that all of his students must write on a piece of paper that “God is dead.” But how can God be dead if, according to this atheist professor, He never existed in the first place?
Christians are watching this movie because they feel there is currently no better movie in theaters that they agree with and that is presented in a way that doesn’t offend them.
It seems like Christians wouldn’t even watch a non-explicitly Christian movie, or even a movie with Christian themes, if it had violence, sexual content, or swearing in it, even if their presence could be justified. Christians don’t want profound movies that make them think. They want nice, “safe” movies that tell them what they already know in a way that even a kid could understand.
There’s nothing wrong with people watching movies that reaffirm the values they hold dear. However, when those values are presented in such a poor way it makes me think that Christians will watch a “Christian” movie no matter its quality. And that’s not smart.