People continue to flock to see “God’s Not Dead.” Every few days I notice someone’s Facebook update reminding all of their “friends” of the very fact…God’s Not Dead. Certainly, some probably wonder why their making such a statement. If they ask, tell them to see the movie! It’s fantastic! But why? Why has the film made such a splash in the shadow of Hollywood blockbusters? I speculate it’s because of the current political climate in America.
Almost daily, stories surface of people accusing Christians of bigotry, even filing suits against those refusing to sanction their lifestyle. Take for instance, the story of Elane Photography. In 2006, Elaine and her husband were asked to photograph a lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony. Elaine respectfully declined, citing her conservative Christian beliefs as the reason. Case closed, right? Wrong!
The lesbian couple secured another photographer at a lower rate, yet still filed a complaint accusing Elane Photography of “sexual orientation discrimination.”
The Human Rights Commission of New Mexico found Elane Photography guilty and ordered them to pay almost seven thousand dollars to the two plaintiffs. The decision was appealed to the New Mexico Supreme Court. These judges upheld the ruling. One judge in his concurring opinion wrote:
Elane Photography “is now compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives,” as “the price of citizenship.”
Did anyone else just feel the rumble of the Founding Fathers rolling in their graves?
This week, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case. The New Mexico Supreme Court ruling stands. It appears that America’s barreling down a road which trumpets the freedom of the First Amendment as long as one sides with the Liberal and godless agenda. Those who yell and scream for tolerance exhibit the most intolerance of all.
As I visited with a group of men this morning, another Pastor predicted that soon churches would be required to host same sex marriages and pastors would be required to officiate…whether they believe the union is biblical or not. Some laugh at the idea and say that will never happen. Christians said the same thing about removing prayer from school and legalizing abortion on demand. Almost 43 million aborted babies later and look where we find ourselves…In the middle of another cultural war with the soul of America at stake.
God’s Not Dead resonates because the movie casts a positive light on Christianity. For once the Believer isn’t cast as a dopey, idiotic Bible thumper. The movie conveys the story of real life Christians making a mark for Christ in a world filled with antagonists. The film encourages people to stand for Christ when no one else will. Sure, that’s a lonely place to be, but God blesses faithfulness. And God will bless Elane Photography. I don’t know how or in what capacity, but God will honor their stand.
As Christians we can expect persecution and to lose an occasional battle, but as one evangelist once said, “We’ve already won the war.”
Everyone hold on to Jesus. The ride’s gonna get bumpy.