Film Review: ‘God’s Not Dead 2’ (Theatrical Release)
Written by: Kelly Meade (3/29/2016)
In a world where those who proclaim a faith and trust in Jesus Christ are repeatedly told to remain quiet and keep those beliefs to themselves when in a public setting, striving to stand firm in your faith becomes a battle to fight. When faced with the choice between declaring or disowning your faith, what would you choose? As the sequel to the 2014 God’s Not Dead, God’s Not Dead 2 follows the story of public school teacher Grace Wesley as she honestly answers questions posed by her students leading to her having to defend her faith. At the risk of losing her job and serving jail time, Grace is presented with the task of denouncing her beliefs or choosing to remain adamant that she is not responsible for any wrongdoing insisting that her answers were in line with school policy. The resulting trial leads to revelations that no one saw coming.
Elsewhere, we see those who question their beliefs for a variety of reasons. Some are looking for deeper meaning to life, some for spiritual clarity and some for reasons to believe in the first place. All are searching for answers.
As with the first film, character’s lives are entwined with paths crossing throughout as each struggle with their own spiritual tug of war. Examples of strong faith, dignity, respect, grace, forgiveness and mercy are displayed as each individual face their own journey to discovering their identity in Christ. These intriguing characters come together to support and uplift one another.
David A.R. White, Benjamin A. Onyango, Paul Kwo & Trisha LeFache reprise their roles from God’s Not Dead continuing on with their character’s stories.
Whether you already have an established faith, are a young Christian or simply watch this movie out of curiosity, the issues presented and questions raised while watching this film are excellent sparks for continuing conversation among viewers long after the credits have finished.