I recommend reading this post first: Everything I’ve Written About God’s Not Dead 2, All In One Place
On April 1st, the sequel to God’s Not Dead is coming out.
God’s Not Dead was a hit with its target audience (Christians) but everyone else disliked it. And for good reason: God’s Not Dead portrayed an unrealistic view of the world. Here is how:
The world of God’s Not Dead was:
One in which all Muslims beat their family for daring to believe differently.
One in which a person is only an atheist because something traumatic happened to them.
One in which all Christians might as well have a sign hanging around their neck that says “I’m perfect.”
One in which all atheists are without morals.
When I first watched the trailer for God’s Not Dead 2, I thought the trailer was a parody. My first thought was “This can’t be real.”
In theory, God’s Not Dead 2 should be speaking my language.
But instead, God’s Not Dead 2 makes me do this:
The world of God’s Not Dead and (it looks like) God’s Not Dead 2 present a fantasy world to Christians.
A world where all people of other faiths can’t be trusted.
A world where Christians don’t have flaws, or have to grow or change, or consider life from another’s perspective.
A world where atheists either die, accept Jesus, or continue living their ultimately un-fulfilling lives. Because, as God’s Not Dead implicitly asks, how can a person be happy at all without Jesus?
If I think God’s Not Dead 2 is good, than I will gladly say so. That being said, judging by the trailer, I don’t think it will be.
If you’re looking for examples of Christ-like love and empathy in popular culture, you won’t find it in the God’s Not Dead series.
I can honestly say that I have found more Christ in anime from Japan than I have in movies from the “Bible Belt” of America. For example:
Watch 0:40 — 1:50:
God has put eternity in the human heart. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)