When our expectations of life have a head on collision with the reality of life our faith can get tested to its max. In the book The Gospel Centered Woman Wendy talks about the “prosperity gospel of conservative Christianity” — the notion that if we are living for God, doing His will, and following what the Bible says we’re supposed to do then our lives will go well and we’ll be blessed. I do find that this tends to be the way we thinks as Christians–so how do we respond when we’re serving God and tragedy strikes?
This is the center theme to This Is Our Time which follows the lives of five different students after they graduate from college. Each has great challenges to overcome as they seek what they should be doing and who they should become.
I had mixed feelings on this movie. On the one hand I loved the theme and I especially loved how the amazing ministry of Embrace a Village was highlighted–if you’ve never heard of it please check it out, wow! The film was very family friendly and the shooting and cinematography was nice, and I enjoyed seeing Erin Bethea again (the wife on Fireproof).
I don’t feel that I can give this movie five stars, however. My hubby, ever the film critic, watched it with me and he commented that the whole movie was very heavy and depressing. While we both realized that there were weighty things being shown throughout the movie, we also both felt that the need for comic relief in between those scenes just wasn’t met by the corny punch lines scattered in here and there. Especially considering other recently released Christian films who also dealt with incredibly difficult topic lines and but managed to get genuinely side splitting scenes in between I feel the bar has now been raised in the Christian film industry. Low budget acting and corny punch lines just don’t cut it anymore.
That being said I would overall rate this movie a 4. It definitely delivers on being a family friendly, Christian film and watching it with your older kids could prove to lead to some really valuable discussions about our expectations in life and the difference of the realities and also what God might be calling them to do!
One other cool thing to note–Coinciding with the movie’s DVD release, Pure Flix is teaming with Family Christian Stores and other Christian retailers to award eight $2,500 college scholarships through registrations submitted through FamilyChristian.com and other websites representing more than 2,000 retail outlets nationwide. Participation eligibility and rules can be found at www.thisisourtimemovie.com.
One Lucky Reader will win their very own copy of This Is Our Time!