Thursday, October 15, 2015

A TOS Review: Do You Believe?

Sometime this past year we had the privilege to review the movie Unbroken for  When I saw come up on the vendor's list once again I was thrilled. This time around we had the chance to review a movie called Do You Believe? from It was one of those movies that challenged us. We were so inspired that we even shared it with our Bible Study group at church.

Do You Believe? Comes to us from the creators of God’s Not Dead (another fav). The movie came out in theaters this past March and now features this movie (along with many, many more great movies) on their website.

The story follows twelve people whose paths cross in a powerful way.  A pastor encounters a street preacher who challenges him with this message…”Do you believe in the cross of Christ?"

This is much more than a simple questions. It dares the listener to ask himself, “What does this cross require of me?”  The pastor takes this question to heart and in turn challenges his congregation. 

There is a character in this ensemble cast that each one of us can relate to. The homeless mother who is just trying to do the best she can. The grief stricken older couple who are finding it hard to get past the death of their daughter. The pastor’s wife who is dealing with the pain of infertility. The EMT who is moved to share his faith despite the devastating consequences. The young gang member who has an encounter with His savior he can’t deny.

The question of the Cross comes to each and every one of these characters in a real way. Some will receive it…some will not.

One of my favorite characters was played by Brian Bosworth (The Boz). He is a man with a complicated past who has found restoration. The choices he makes during the film bring about some of my favorite scenes. I had to ask myself. Would I do the same? And…Do I Believe?

The cast is made up of some pretty stellar actors. Cybill Shepard, Mia Sorveno, Lee Majors, Sean Astin are just a few. This might be a little bit of a spoiler, but Sean Astin plays a fairly unsympathetic character. Josiah was dismayed by this. “No, Sam! No!”

We all loved this film. It did what I am sure the writers intended it to. It challenged us to make a difference. It made us think about the cross of Christ and what it requires of us. There were a few scenes that hit too close to home.

This is quote from the movie.

“Thousands pass under the cross.  But how many people know what it means?”

Wow. I Corinthians 1:18 says, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

Then there is this admonishment found in Mark 8:34.

When he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me."

I realize that there are many who will watch this film and not get it. They will accuse it of being too heavy-handed in its Christian message. For those of you who desire to follow that Cross…it might just change your life.

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