5 Takeaways from Watching The Insanity of God
In case you missed the buzz, The Insanity of God is a powerful new documentary about modern-day persecution of the Church.
The story follows a missionary couple from Kentucky, Nik and Ruth Ripken, who came face-to-face with the reality of persecution as missionaries in Africa. Witnessing violent persecution in Somalia led the Ripkens on a journey to interview believers in places around the globe where Christians are regularly imprisoned, beaten, and even killed for their faith.
I watched the movie last week at my church and it profoundly impacted me. Here are five of my takeaways from watching The Insanity of God:
- Persecution is not a thing of the past. As an American, I have a tendency to read stories about the early martyrs and to think of persecution as something that mainly happened in Biblical times. But widespread persecution still exists. It is often cited that there are more Christian martyrs today than at any other point in human history.
- Do I, as a Western believer, truly have a concept of persecution? Though many Christians believe the United States is becoming increasingly hostile to Christian practices and values, the reality is that our problems here in North America are miniscule compared to what believers in other parts of the world experience. And though we may not be able to fully understand their difficulties, I believe we owe it to them to at least listen to their stories.
- God can be glorified through adversity. Scripture is filled with examples of God using for good what man meant for evil. The story of Joseph and his brothers is a prime example (Gen. 50:20). The same is true in many of the stories the Ripkens tell about persecuted believers today, especially in Asia. The reality is that it is often in the face of great adversity that Christianity flourishes.
- We are part of ONE Church. As believers, we are all part of the body of Christ, whether we are living comfortably in North America or suffering in a dimly-lit prison in Asia. 1 Cor. 12:26 states: “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it…” But am I truly suffering with persecuted Christians? The Insanity of God challenged me not only to remember those suffering, but to lift them up in fervent prayer as my brothers and sisters in Christ.
- Do I really believe Jesus is worth it? The main message of the movie boiled down to one question: Is Jesus worth it? Would following Christ still be worth it if it cost me everything else I know and love?
The Insanity of God is a difficult movie to watch. At intervals it will sicken you, challenge you, inspire you, and it will ultimately lead you to answer one question: Is Jesus worth it?