GoGod’s Not Dead 3: A Light in the Darkness
Director: Michael Mason
Writer: Michael Mason
Stars: David A.R. White, John Corbett, and Shane Harper
My Review: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
God’s Not Dead 3 was the perfect ending to the God’s Not Dead trilogy. The first movie focused on a student being challenged by his atheist professor. The second focused on a teacher losing her job because of her faith. In both cases, Pastor Dave was there to help them through times of persecution. In both cases, the people being persecuted fought back to declare the truth.
In this movie, the story focuses on Pastor Dave. When it starts, his friend and fellow pastor, Reverend Jude, is picking him up from jail. He was arrested for not turning in transcripts of his sermons. He didn’t turn them in at the end of the last movie. It goes down hill from there. Through an act of vandalism, Reverend Jude is killed and the church is burnt to the ground. To make matter worse, the college campus uses this incident to take away the church land and building using imminent domain. Pastor Dave is confused and angry and decides to fight.
What I Loved About the Movie: The theme of the movie is when should Christian fight for what is right, and when should they allow themselves to be persecuted to declare the truth in love. Christians throughout history have tried to maintain this balance. Martyrs have willingly laid down their lives. Reformers like Martin Luther and Christian abolitionists have fearlessly declared the truth and fought to reform the culture. This movie allowed both points of view and showed that, yes, we need to preach the truth, but we need to preach it in love, not out of the anger everyone is feeling in today’s world.
The movie also discusses doubt people deal with and how the church should handle those doubt with the truth, but in a loving way. There was a lot of meat to chew on in this movie, and the answers to all of these questions are never easy.
What I Didn’t Love About the Movie: I would have given this movie five stars if I could have gotten past this. There was an incident in the movie, I’m not giving any spoilers, that was wrapped up in too neat a bow in a way that was so unbelievable it was laughable.
Even though the movie cheated the audience in one part, I highly recommend this movie. We have to speak the truth no matter the cost, but we can’t do it in anger. People around us should know we are Christians by our love. That’s what this movie was all about.