Movies have an incredible power to evoke a spectrum of emotions and make you want to take action in a short amount of time.
In recent years, we have seen a surge in Bible-based movies that have hit the big screen with a bang, attracting believers and the lost alike.
The new faith-based film “Breakthrough” is another good movie with a powerful message, starring Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae.
The talented musician-turned-actor speaks out on how this movie is not just another flick, but a much needed reminder of the presence of God in America and beyond.
Delivering an all-star performance next to Lecrae is Phil Wickham, another talented musician, singer, and songwriter. He also sees the upcoming movie to be a “real-life telling is needed for today’s post-Christian era in North America and Europe,” reports the Christian Post.
Based on a true story, “Breakthrough” follows the life of Joyce and John Smith, a mother and son, after a car accident where John shockingly dies for 45 minutes before coming back to life. The reason for the miraculous awakening was God’s grace after his mom pleads through prayer at her son’s side.
The doctors on John’s case had thrown in the towel, but his mother knew the power of God was not limited to medical circumstances. She showed how God was present, listening, and working in the life of His children.
Lecrae believes this amazing testimony is just what the people of today need, according to the Christian Post. The artist explains why in an interview on the set of “Breakthrough”:
“I think, specifically like in the western world, we’re in a post-Christian era. So I think a lot of times, we forget our faith has survived for thousands of years, is just that here in the West, North America and Europe, it’s post [Christian].
“It’s like, ‘oh, we’re over that now. We’re more progressive with science and so on and so forth.’ But take a trip to Africa, you take a trip to China, it’s thriving, it’s on fire right now. That’s the reminder that God is not irrelevant. It’s just we forget, [but] He doesn’t,”
It’s so easy to take God for granted when we have our busy lives, daily comforts, and spiritual routines. Going to church every Sunday, saying hello to the usher holding the door for you, and talking about the kid’s newest activities after service is not reminding our brothers and sisters in Christ that Jesus is on fire in our hearts.
Lecrae, who plays an emcee in the movie, adds how it’s not God who changes, but us:
“We become unfaithful, He’s still faithful, and He’s going to use whoever wants to acknowledge Him to do whatever it is that He wants done.”
This movie couldn’t have come at a better time for Lecrae. Seeing “first-hand the woes of racism in America and how a lot of his supporters turned a blind eye to it”, he was at a place where he was doubting God’s sovereignty.
This led Lecrae to venture abroad to Egypt, where he saw an authentic faith, independent of the institutionalized religion many Christians have become accustomed to in this country. He feels this experience relates to the film, in that “we are going to become the new mission field for the world” by being a shining example of God’s presence today, according to the Christian Post.
Wickham is a worship leader in his off-set daily life, as well as his on-set career, giving him unique perspective into what it’s like to act Christian, as opposed to what it is like to truly live a life dedicated to Jesus Christ.
He sees the nation’s “post-Christian” attitude as a positive thing, putting individuals in a position to search for a raw experience with God, not an artificial relationship they slipped into “just because it’s their grandparent’s religion.”
The Christian Post reports on Wickham’s vision of the future of Christianity:
“Once there’s truth out there, and people own up to where they stand. I think instead of saying, ‘Yeah, I’m Christian, and you don’t have to tell me about Jesus,’ [since] they’re almost closed off to hearing the real truth that they never heard before. In some ways, it’s paving the way for something beautiful to happen in our country once again, rather than saying, ‘I’m a Christian, cuz I’m an American.'”
Over the course of the movie, John Smith elevates his faith from being that of a cultural one, to a personal and intimate one. This progression leads Smith to want to become a pastor, helping to guide others into a real relationship.
“Breakthrough”, starring Chrissy Metz (“This is Us”) as Joyce Smith, and Marcel Ruiz (“One Day at a Time”) as her son John Smith, is available to watch in theaters on April 17th.
Hebrews 13:8 tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
Just as Lecrae reminded us, God is always faithful, He remains who He says He is. It is us who needs to keep our hope in Jesus Christ in order to remain in Him (Hebrews 3:6).
Watch “Breakthrough” to get a renewed sense of what it means to make God relevant in your life again. When each believer reinstates an authentic faith in Jesus Christ, the collective body of Messiah will resonate His timeless presence.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”