HOLLYWOOD--The sequel to "God's Not Dead" will hit the theaters next week, and the much-anticipated sequel is, like the first movie, expected to fill theaters with evangelical fervor, only this time from the opposite side of the debate.
In "God's Not Dead; He's Just Incompetent," Kevin Sorbo plays Dr. Caritas, a middle-aged emergency room doctor at a major metropolitan hospital in Houston. Dr. Caritas has decided that God, although still alive, is pretty much an incompetent when it comes to managing the world He created. The jaded Dr. Caritas is then introduced to a young, enthusiastic emergency room doctor, played by the still wooden Shane Harper, who believes that God has His hand in everything that happens on earth, including every case that he and Dr. Caritas have to deal with every day on the front lines of their hectic urban hospital.
For example when a little girl, who had been run over three times by a street sweeper on a Tuesday afternoon, is brought in half dead to the emergency room, Dr. Evangle (the character played by Harper), exclaims, "At least her little soul is now scrubbed clean for Lord Jesus in case we don't, with God's help, pull her through!"--to which Dr. Caritas just rolls his eyes and shakes his head.
But Dr. Evangle's faith is tested in the movie, much as Josh Wheaton's faith was challenged in the first movie. For example when Dr. Evangle goes to the website Christian Mingle, which promises to "Find God's Match for You!", God pairs the young doctor off with a serial killer named Sheena Mordant, who ends up murdering Dr. Evan's parents and twin sisters (the young doctor still lives at home), and burning down his house. Dr. Evangle's faith, however, is not shaken, as he tells Dr. Caritas, "God just couldn't wait to have my family up there with Him! In any case, I did collect a hefty sum from the life and house insurance. God is good."
In another scene in the movie, most of Dr. Evangle's congregation is mowed down by an evil Richard Dawkins with an AR-15 he bought at the local Walmark, because the famous evolutionary biologist is incensed that the congregation had burned copies of his best-selling book, The God Delusion. (Dawkins is finally killed by an armed member of the congregation, thanks to the Concealed Carry law in Texas, after he had killed twenty-three congregants.) The ever-faithful Dr. Evangle, however, is not deterred by the tragedy, telling the jaded Dr. Caritas, "I thank God we live in a country where every citizen has the right to bear arms. God is good."
The two worldviews of doctors Caritas and Evangle come to a head near the end of the film when Dr. Evangle, after chirping for the hundredth time that day, "I think God wants me to--" is attacked by a harried nurse named Jackie, who injects Dr. Evangle with a nearly lethal dose of morphine. As Dr. Caritas puts forth a herculean effort to save the young doctor's life, he is heard to grouse to one of the orderlies, "Marx was right. Religion really is the opiate of the people!"
The soundtrack to the movie is again supplied by the Christian pop rock group Newsboys, the lead singer of whom is heard to whisper, at one point in the movie,
My God's not dead
But He's barely alive
He's living in Jersey
Just getting by.