“Yes, I know all this is true in principle.
But how can a person be declared innocent in God’s sight?
If someone wanted to take God to court,
would it be possible to answer him even once in a thousand times?
For God is so wise and so mighty.
Who has ever challenged him successfully?
Relate: Stop me if this story is familiar to you…
Grace Wesley is a teacher in a public American high school when she responds to an innocent question from one of her students with a quotation of Jesus. What seemed like an innocent remark gets her brought to the principal’s office where she is ordered to issue an apology. Believing she did nothing wrong, she refuses before the principal, and then before the school board, and then in court. For the trial, her defense is built on the need to prove that Jesus was real. After all, if He was an actual historical figure then it is completely OK to quote him just like you would any other figure in history. Right? I’m a teacher. Next time someone asks me why I am so happy all the time, I’ll just throw out a quote from Mein Kompf. Let’s see how long I can keep my job doing that. (Please don’t fret, I am just being cynical of a movie plot, I have absolutely no intentions of ever quoting Hitler as a positive source of inspiration.)
Honestly, I haven’t seen God’s Not Dead 2. I haven’t even seen the original. In general, I think overtly Christian movies make up in zeal what they lack in quality acting, directing, and production. Unless I am in company and didn’t have a choice in the movie selection, I don’t watch them. For the GND movies, in particular, I’ve heard they make a caricature of certain institutions and feed a martyr complex popular among some Western Christians. If you want to know what real persecution is like, come and visit me for a week or two. I know quite a few things you can do in the US without anyone batting an eyelash that would land you in prison or worse real quick over here. beyond this, the very idea of putting God on trial, even to defend Him, is just preposterous.
React: Preposterous as it might be, we do it all the time. We might not actually hire a lawyer, issue a subpoena, and all that jazz, but we judge Him. We call His justice, His timing, and His love into question all the time. How many times have you and I heard (or even said) things like, “How could God have let that happen?” “Where was God when x happened?” “God, that just isn’t fair?” “Where are You, God?” “God, if Yo really loved her, You wouldn’t have let her come down with x.”
Modern humans have this arrogant presumption that we are the height of civilization. Yes, we are more advanced technologically than any point in our past, but that does not necessarily mean we are more philosophically, spiritually, or morally advanced. I don’t for a second think doubt that in all these areas we have devolved, but even if that wasn’t the case, do we really think that we will not be wiser and smarter than we are today? In many areas we, as individuals and as a society, judge God today. In how many of those, will our forbears shake there heads and wonder, “What were they thinking? How stupid could they be?”
You are God, I am not. I realize that I am not as wise, or knowledgeable, or powerful, or as good as You are. So forgive me for those moments where I have the audacity to presume to question Your judgment or Your actions. Give me the moral courage and the simple faith to trust You even when I don’t have all the reasons why.