Packed with inspirational moments, “God’s Not Dead 2” is an amazing movie about possessing unwavering faith in God.
This movie reveals that there comes a time in the life of a believer when you must stand up and defend your faith in God, which will require “grace under fire.” (No pun intended.)
The main character is an AP high school history teacher, Grace Wesley, played by Melissa Joan Hart. She gets into hot water when a student asks whether the nonviolent teachings of Mahatma Ghandi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parallel how Jesus dealt with his enemies. In Grace’s response, she mentions the name of Jesus and quotes a verse from the Beatitudes.
Another student in the class tips off the school administration about Grace’s response. She is notified by the principal that her response violated school board policy and the law regarding the separation of church and state.
The plot thickens when the ACLU becomes involved to make an example of Grace and to prove that “God is dead.”
There are many inspirational moments in this film. Here are three stirring quotes from the movie that hopefully will inspire you to remain steadfast in your faith in God in spite of any persecution and opposition you may face in these end-times:
- “Prayer is the last thing we do, when it should be the first.” This is what Grace’s 81-year old grandfather said to her before she landed in hot water with the school board.. Prayer is the strongest force on earth when spoken and acted upon in agreement with God’s will. Prayer changes things because God releases His supernatural power when He sees you taking strategic action by faith.
- “I would rather stand up for Jesus and be judged by man than stand up for man and be judged by Jesus.” This is what Grace said, and acted upon, when she refused to apologize for her response to her student. Even though the school board threatened to ruin her career, Grace did not let pressing external circumstances cloud her faith in God. As a result, she prevailed and won her case.
- During one of the toughest moments of the trial, Grace shared with her grandfather that when she prayed now, unlike other times, she felt as if Jesus was a million miles away. Her grandfather’s response was breathtaking. He said to her, “You of all people should realize when you’re going through something really hard, the teacher is always quiet during the test.” These words gave Grace the inner fortitude she needed to endure and outlast persecution.
The movie, “God’s Not Dead 2” is relevant and thought-provoking for today because it focuses the lens of attention on the state of religious liberty in the U.S. Like the protagonist in this movie, Grace Wesley, every believer must cultivate and possess unswerving faith in Jesus for him- or herself. For it is in Him that we live and move and have our being. And if necessary, it is for Him we must be prepared to die, so that He alone gets the glory.
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