Have you ever heard of Josh McDowell? He’s written 125 books and spoken to more people on more college campuses than anybody else in the world!
Did you know there is a movie about his life titled Undaunted? It was released five years ago in 2012 (and was well rated, IMDb 7.1), although somehow I missed this precious documentary when it first came out. The tagline says it traces Josh McDowell’s journeythrough childhood disbelief to faith, but I think the truly monumental impact of the movie concerns surviving a childhood of sexual abuse, parental alcoholism and obesity, and all the terrors and traumas that come
from living in such a terribly dysfunctional family.
Alan and I were both touched and amazed that this elderly man (almost an “icon” of the Christian faith) would be so transparent about his childhood and all the heartaches he endured…hurts that drove him away from believing that in such a terrible world, a real God could exist. Josh McDowell came to faith in college after attempting to discredit Christianity and then realizing that the evidence for God’s existence was greater than the evidence against believing in a creator God. However, as Josh explains in the movie, what really brought him to faith in Christ was experiencing the love of God. It wasn’t just a head thing. It was a faith thing, born of the Holy Spirit but felt in his heart and soul too. I wonder, do you find it hard to believe in God because you had such a horrible childhood? Do you think “God” is like your father…someone who would abuse you and whom you’d never ever want to be around if you could help it?God is a God of love and mercy, and He can do miraculous things in your life if you’ll let him! Good things! Rescusing things. He can redeem and reconcile! If you’re not sure, I wish you’d watch this inspiring true story and hear about the beautiful things that happened in Josh McDowell’s life after he opened his heart to God’s healing touch! Truly, God—our Father—is the God of Light and Love!
“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people” (Matthew 9:35).