We just got out of the theater and I feel compelled to share my feelings about this great little movie we just watched. My honey and I are avid movie goers. We take in one to two movies a week and this winter’s roster has been pretty disappointing. We saw a couple we would give a 7 out of 10. Others we would give a 5 out of 10. None any higher than that until today. We give “GOD’S NOT DEAD” a perfect TEN!
It is a small budget movie…no big name actors….no special effects….no sex…no drugs….no swearing….no violence. Just a darn good story and a darn good takeaway message.
It is one of the few movies we’ve been to in our lifetime where the audience in the theater applauded during the movie and in it’s final moments. That says something about society and what most realize is needed. I believe the reason the full theater reacted this way is a direct reflection on what people are craving. A message such as this to bring people back to the ground. Bring society back to a belief system, back to loving and caring for others rather than putting themselves at the front of motives for doing anything.
It’s a “dog eat dog” world. Everything is about getting financial wealth. The bottom line is the most important thing…not the wellbeing of society. When I say this, I mean the processed food industry and the pharmaceutical industry. They aren’t concerned with what their products may be causing to others….their main concern is the bottom line and what they can do for their share holders. It’s true in everything today. Our society is “broken” in so many ways.
I’ve always questioned why we, as a society, are so enamoured with the rich and famous (and I can say I’m just as guilty as the next person). Why do we think that fame and wealth will make us any happier than we are? Why do we feel the need to look like, dress like, act like, be like someone who has money or celebrity status. We are always chasing the dream. We are always showing off what “stuff” we’ve acquired to other’s to gain acceptance. Why? Why? Why? People will plow you over to get to their goal…regardless of your needs. It’s true. It’s true in business, in love, in the darn grocery store, even on the highway. It’s just plain true. And it’s not right. It’s what I see in society almost everywhere. It’s in Hollywood, on the big screen and in stories made for television. It is what we have come to know.
“GOD’S NOT DEAD” left me with the message that we need to get back to a simpler way of life. A life of gratitude for the small pleasures in our lives. Appreciating our health, caring for our loved ones, restoring our faith, respect for our fellow man. Just goodness all the way around. In the past 5 years of my life I’ve definitely been leaning that way, partly by choice, partly by necessity with MS. I can tell you that health is most important. Finding joy in daily life, loving yourself and all of your flaws, respecting and caring for those in your inner circle, appreciating freedom, respect for nature and living in the present is what we all need to practice to get back to harmony. The other stuff is just “stuff”.
The applause I heard in this movie theater today leads me to believe that others feel the same way I do. Society needs this movie. And it could not have come soon enough.
Invest 2 hours of your time to go see this movie. It may not move you the way it moved me but heh….that is what makes the world go around. We all view things through different coloured lenses. This lense is hopefully a clear one for everybody who experiences this story.