God’s Not Dead

God's Not Dead

I left the movie theater with a few tears in my eyes  after watching God’s Not Dead. 

I highly recommend this movie. If you have been unable to go to a theater to see it, make an effort to take your family and support this message!

This movie is the story of the religious persecution of a young Christian college student and one teacher’s attempt to force him to write the words, God is Dead, on the first day of school.

The young male student refuses and is challenged by his teacher to prove that God is not dead.

I was really surprised by the great acting and filming of this movie, but on a personal note, my heart was breaking for the reverse truth of this story that I experienced in my life.

I think it was in college that my brother lost his faith. In my growing up years, my brother was what I considered a strong Christian. Even though he wasn’t perfect, and a big jerk at times like most siblings , I still knew that he had faith in God. I admired my brother and his strong sense of right and wrong. I  loved the way he cared about spiritual things and tried to defend his faith.

I watched as that same faith slipped out of his hands in college and then completed faded when he went into medical school. It didn’t change my love for my brother, but I wonder what it would have been like to share my faith with him? How would our  lives be different now? What would it be like to attend church together as adults?

No matter how much he denied his faith and refused to admit there is a God who created the universe, my mother help onto hope in her heart. She believed that her son would return and that God would bring him back.

When I was cleaning out her nightstand after she died, I found  a letter written by my brother from almost 20 years ago. This letter was the last time he professed his faith in Jesus Christ. She kept that letter as proof that God would ,indeed, return her son to the faith of his childhood in Jesus Christ. She believed the words of the bible that described God as a shepherd going after his lost sheep. She prayed that God would return her lamb to the sheep fold once again.

Mathew 18:12 1“For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.

12“What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? 

13“If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray.…

For years, I have hidden my deepest fear that maybe my brother was out of God’s reach?

Tonight, I was revived with the truth…..God is NOT dead, even in the hearts of the most hardened atheist. God has the power to bring lost loved ones home.

What about you? Is there a person you would love to see returned home to their faith and trust in Jesus?

Today, I had to write this post to encourage you to remember that God is NOT dead, He is surely alive and at work in the lives of our loved ones. He is working and using every event in their lives to bring them to a

saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountain and go and search for the one that is straying?

Yes, Lord………..You do !

Comments

  1. jill young says:

    I have not seen the movie and don’t want to know. how I it ends until I get a chance to see it but it sure reminds me of Lee Strobel and ‘The Case for christ”. Seek and ye shall find!

  2. He sure does! Thanks for this reminder Tracey!

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