God’s response to Christian persecution takes center stage in Martin Scorsese’s anticipated new film, Silence. Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Adam Driver and Liam Neeson all take leading roles in the film set to release on December 23.
Silence is adapted from the 1966 novel by Shūsaku Endō, which tells the story of Sebastion Rodrigues, a young Jesuit priest from Portugal. Set in the 17th century, Rodrigues and two other priests travel to Japan to do missionary work and investigate rumors their teacher, Christovao Ferreira, has recently committed public apostasy.
The movie explores the theme of persecution—especially as it relates to the advancement of Christ’s Gospel. It also wrestles with the question, “Why does God seem to remain silent while his servants suffer horribly?”
Every Christian will face a crisis of faith at some point in their lives. This movie and the buzz around it will provide a great opportunity for Christian leaders to provide biblical answers to the question of suffering.
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