On Memorial Day, I spent the afternoon with my boyfriend and his family, where we watched Christian movies all afternoon. Initially we began with his family’s copy of God’s Not Dead, but after it ended we decided to look up similar movies on Netflix. The three remaining films we watched were just as good as God’s Not Dead in my opinion, though they have not garnered as much publication by the media. So, if you’re looking for new additions to your Christian movie collection, here are a few that won’t disappoint:
Featuring Kevin Sorbo, who plays the infamous Professor Radisson in the film God’s Not Dead, What if… depicts the journey a businessman endures when God allows him to experience an alternative life that he could have had if he had not strayed from ministry. Sorbo’s character is sarcastic and dry-humored, which ensues comic relief when he has to assume the position of a new pastor at his childhood church. Additionally, when the former bachelor finds himself taking the lead as the father figure for his what-if family that features a wife and two daughters, you’ll find yourself both laughing and (if you are a parent) possibly relating to his lack of parenting skills. Overall, What if… was my favorite pick of the afternoon, and I highly recommend it for viewers of all ages!
After watching What if…, my boyfriend told me to pick another movie, so I ended up choosing Unconditional at random. Though we thought that the writing and acting for this film wasn’t as entertaining as that of the other movies we watched that day, the overall message of the film continued the theme of What if… in that it demonstrates how one act of kindness can lead someone else to get to know Christ, and that may in turn effect how the future plays out. Unconditional also tackles subjects such as murder, race, and violence, which earns it a PG-13 rating; nevertheless, the movie remains wholesome throughout its entirety.
The final film we watched that night was A Mile in His Shoes, which still makes me smile every time I think about it. The movie focuses on Mickey, a common farm boy who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, who receives an invitation to join a minor league baseball team after the coach notices his astounding pitching abilities. To be honest, we found this title under the sports movies section of Netflix rather than the Christian movies, but I was pleasantly surprised when Mickey started talking about his love for God in front of his teammates. Coincidentally, A Mile in His Shoes also had a what-if theme to it; Mickey’s father felt the need to belittle his son due to his form of autism, which almost hindered Mickey from joining the team. If Mickey had not of joined the team, the team would not have the positive influence that it did at the end of the movie. A Mile in His Shoes is suitable for all ages, and it features quite a few unexpected funny moments.
I hope you have as much fun watching these movies as I did! Remember, the theme is What-If, so keep these verses in mind while you are watching:
“Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”
Featured Image: Combination of movie titles found on Pinterest. All rights belong to the creators of the movie posters/promotionals.
- What If: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/241716704972976549/
- Unconditional: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/56717276530653299/
- A Mile in His Shoes: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/300404237626440322/