“The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.”
I just watched the movie, God’s Not Dead, and boy was it a good one! What I particularly liked about the movie was the way that each character did what was right despite their family and friends and what must have seemed like the whole world standing against them. They spoke the truth.
Cheers to each actor who was in the movie and to each person who has been involved in a similar situation (they’re commoner than you would expect).
I had a professor in my undergraduate science degree who was a Christian in what I would describe as the ‘bastion of atheistic faith’ aka my university (there were not many professors who professed Christianity at this great place of learning). He was a great teacher but alas I learned later, after finishing the class and moving onward, that he was no longer teaching at my university. From the rumours, it was because of his stance on creation.
This was confusing to me at the time because our university moto was straight from the Bible:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 NIV
My friend, Mandie, also told me that her brother, while in grade school, was asked to write a paper on worshipping the devil. When he refused he got into a lot of trouble. Kudos to him for standing up for what he believed in even at such a young age!
Freedom of speech would seem to be withering away in our western world. Don’t let this be the case! If the Spirit is telling you to talk, do it. No one can argue with your testimony–it’s your story. Tell them how God is not Dead–how could He be? You just spoke to Him 5 minutes ago!! Speak Truth and He will defend Himself.
I would probably re-write St. Augustine’s quote:
The Truth IS a lion (the Lion of Judah). Speak the Truth and He will make His defense. All you have to do is let Him loose!
Here are the Newsboys, with the heavenly voice of Michael Tait, proclaiming God’s Not Dead! (you just have to love the enthusiasm of the drummer, Duncan Phillips!)