Christian films have the potential to introduce a biblical worldview to the conversations already taking place. The new faith-based film, A Question of Faith, does just that. Three families experience a shared tragedy that weaves their stories together forever. In this shared sorrow, they find their way from a crisis of faith to eternal hope.
The opening scenes of the film introduce us to three families whose lives will soon intersect over tragedy. Texting and driving lead to the death of one child and a much-needed heart transplant for another. Each family faces individual questions of faith. Why does God allow suffering? Will God provide when it seems we are out of options? Is it possible to step outside the limits of God’s forgiveness?
A Question of Faith presents a myriad of crises of faith. Between the three families represented, most people can find a pain or struggle to identify with–foreclosure, dashed hopes, chronic illness, tragic loss, consequences from a poor decision. Emotions range from steadfast faith, skepticism, anger, grief, forgiveness, and gratitude. There is something here for everyone. If you are the one who has been hurt or the cause of hurt; the one who held onto faith or lost faith–your heart will be touched during this film.
This powerful story is told with a cast of veterans and newbies. Facts of Life alum Kim Fields plays Theresa Newman. She helps build the framework of the film with strength and vulnerability. David Newman is played by Richard T. Jones, authentic from behind the pulpit to the broken moments beside his son’s hospital bed. CCM singer, Jacki Valasquez (I’m Not Ashamed) continues her crossover from singer to actor as Kate Hernandez. Fans of Christian entertainment will also recognize War Room’s T.C. Stallings and gospel music artist Amber Nelson Thomas.
A Question of Faith is rich with talking points for families. The painful consequences of texting while driving will give parents a vivid example of the dangers (and perhaps encourage parents to keep their phone safely tucked away while driving). Because the three families represent three different ethnicities, race relations plays a role in this film. Parents can talk to their kids about racism and fighting prejudices. Families will also be prompted to discuss the powerful impact of organ donation. This leads to a greater principle of making beauty from ashes (Isaiah 61:3). The Newman’s decided their son’s life would not be lost in vain. They turned a tragedy into a gift–something we can all aspire toward when we are presented with life’s big hurts.
The gospel takes center stage as the storyline develops. The Newman’s response toward Maria (played by Karen Valero), the cause of their tragedy, paints a beautiful picture of God’s response toward us–forgiveness. And just as God forgives us, we are to extend that forgiveness to others. Jesus taught us to pray for our enemies (Matthew 5:43-48). We can’t save our compassion for our Christian brothers and sisters; it must also be given to those who cause us pain.
Expect tears to flow as you watch the painful walk of one set of parents down the long hallway toward certain death and the hopeful journey of another set of parents toward life. This is a picture of what God the Father did for us. He allowed his Son to walk the path to death so that we might have eternal life (John 3:16). In this film, we see that process and the redeeming truth of the gospel message clearly depicted.
How does suffering fit into the bigger narrative of “God’s plan?” A Question of Faith doesn’t answer all of our questions about suffering and tragedy, but it does point us in the right direction. Besides speaking hope into broken places, this film gives an honorable call to action: take the no text and drive challenge and sign up for organ donation. A Question of Faith demonstrates the power of film. It is not just entertainment; movies can inspire us to action.
A Question of Faith is produced by Angela White of Silver Lining Entertainment and released by Pure Flix. The movie was directed by Kevan Otto, written by Ty Manns, with original music by Nelson Jackson, III. A Question of Faith opens in theaters September 29, 2017. It is rated PG; younger kids may find the tragic events depicted a little heavy.
For more information about A Question of Faith, including participating theaters and church resources, visit AQuestionofFaith.com.