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God’s Not Dead?

Don’t ever put a negative in a title or so the saying goes.

There’s a movie called “God’s Not Dead.” The fact that it has “Not” in its title tells you all you need to know about the debate. By inference here, God is on his heels. It’s OK. He’s a big Boy. (Scripture says that God cannot be mocked. Galatians 6:7)

Inspired by lawsuits, the film centers around a Christian college freshman who ends up debating his atheistic philosophy professor over the existence of God right in the classroom. While that plot may be as unbelievable to many as much as God is to an atheist, let us continue. Although the movie either intentionally or unintentionally portrays non-Christians in caricature, it does a great job of squarely staying on topic and so I forgive the overdone stereotypes and vilified straw men.

What I find more fascinating than the controversy that arises over such caricaturization is the fact that it is now considered courageous to defend God. Non-believers can say that many Christians and people of faith make it hard to believe that God is good. I can buy that. I’ve screwed up enough as a professing Christian. Guilty as charged. But what I can’t understand is how the topic of the existence of God became such an engaging, popular theme.

Being in a part of the health field that services senior citizens, I’ve cared for thousands of older folks in my life. I don’t think I could count on both hands how many atheistic seniors I’ve met in almost 30 years. So how did atheism get so popular in just five decades or so that we now have to explain that the rumors of God’s death are so greatly exaggerated?

I grew up in the sixties and seventies and that fact alone is the only thesis I can offer. For those not old enough to understand the implications of this fact, I digress. This was an era when young people wanted to be free of most or all constraints. This led them into drugs and alcohol and “free love” (sexual promiscuity) and lack of regard for maturity, thus Pete Townshend’s bravados, “Don’t trust anyone over 30” and “Hope I die before I get old.” That really meant: “Don’t listen to anyone over 30 as they’ll probably tell us to grow up.”

With such candor abounding, Townshend’s “My Generation” outlawed God. They became their own god and made their own rules. A lot of those rules might not have killed God, but they sure did in half of Townshend’s band who became “The Who’s Who” of Rock ‘N Roll Overdoses. And they had plenty of company.

Most monotheists point more specifically to the atheistic college professors who influenced a generation or two of students. Oh, so that’s where this movie’s plot came from! God was resurrected.

Ah, go see it. If it didn’t kill God, it won’t kill you.

BELOW: HEADLINES REPORTED GOD’S DEATH BUT LISTED NO LOCATION FOR HIS FUNERAL; NICHT NIETZSCHE; ACTOR KEVIN SORBO PORTRAYS ATHEISTIC PROFESSOR; “GOD’S NOT DEAD” PROMO POSTER.

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