‘God’s Not Dead’ comes to Worthington
WORTHINGTON — “God’s Not Dead,” a new Christian film about faith and the limits one young man will go to in order to defend his belief in God, will be coming to Worthington on the weekend of March 21.
Jesse Drost, chairman of the deacons for American Reformed Church, and Doug White, senior minister for Worthington Christian Church, are raising money so that anyone who attends opening weekend will get in free.
“I saw the trailer for the movie last fall and started looking more into the film,” White said. “I saw that there were themes in the movie that teenagers and college-aged students are dealing with today.”
There will be 10 showings on the opening weekend. A total of 250 tickets per showing would need to be purchased to make the movie free for anyone.
According to Drost, a total of $13,750 needs to be raised by the end of the week to have the movie be a free-admission event for the opening weekend. So far, $3,200 has been raised.
“These movies are determined successful or not by how many people attend opening weekend,” Drost said. “If we give this movie high ratings opening weekend, it will encourage producers to make more positive Christian films like this one.”
The movie tells a story about a present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), who finds his faith challenged on his first day of philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo).Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade.
As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh finds himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future.
“This movie is very well done — it’s not just some Christian movie that’s been thrown together,” White said. “There are some big-name actors in it, and reviews for the movie have already been coming in. So far, they have all been positive.”
Drost and White are working together to get area businesses to sponsor the project and donate toward the free tickets. They are also asking for local area churches to donate or buy tickets to be used for taking youths or a church group to the movie.
“We’re trying to do more community efforts to bring the churches together,” White said. “There may be some churches or Christians out there we don’t know that see this and think it’s a great idea, too.”
For more information on how to donate, contact White at (712) 348-3847 or Drost at (507) 370-1624.
Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.