Monumental…the Movie

Monumental MovieTonight I saw Kirk Cameron’s movie “Monumental.”

The showing was a one-night “live” event, with Kirk (from a viewing party in his living room??) on real-time video feeding into 550 theaters across America.  It was like he was right there…in our theater…only he wasn’t.  He had a buffet of salads on his dining room table.  We had sticky floors and the smell of stale popcorn.

You would think that a low-budget documentary is not going to draw a crowd.  But, walking in 2 minutes past showtime proved to be a BIG mistake.  I lacked the personal responsibility to be punctual and plan ahead for dinner.  This banished me to the 2nd row….with a bunch of sweet potato fries smuggled inside my purse.

The place was totally packed.

Without giving away the movie, Kirk traces the footsteps of the Pilgrims…from England…to Holland…back to England….to their ride on the Mayflower to Plymouth Rock.  The film’s overarching message is that the United States is headed for moral, social, economic, and political disaster if we don’t get back on track and hold up the principles that America was founded upon….particularly religious freedom and Christian beliefs.

To me, the film was not particularly entertaining, but then again, it wasn’t meant to entertain.  It was meant to deliver a message….a call to Americans to take personal responsibility for their own lives and the State of the Union and to demand that our government base American law on the country’s founding principles.

Personally, I believe that government should reflect the will of the people.  Once, the collective will was a strong, consistent message.  Then came the 1960s…and the 70s….and today the messages sent to Washington DC by the “will of the people” are many….and mixed…and confusing….and some would say, interpreted in public policy in ways that are screwing up our country.

I know Kirk’s position…that a government based on biblical “law” is the way to go.  For me, I think that there IS a strong “collective will of the people” brewing but too many are sitting back, watching Dancing with the Stars, and waiting for someone else to voice it.

Our Constitution is about the rights of free people.  Many people fought and died for these rights…for the benefit of their descendants…that means me and you.  If these rights are weakened and lost, it will be because we didn’t defend them….we didn’t continue to demand them…we didn’t express our will.

Do you have strong personal convictions?  Do you express them, or keep them to yourself?

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by sidmilb on March 28, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Oh, I’m pretty weak and soft-spoken about what I feel and believe. *snort* But I certainly ditto “government should reflect the will of the people.”

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  2. I tend to get pretty involved in community activities and that has a way of extending into the political world. I haven’t seen this film but would like to. I want to see if I agree with it or not. I agree with you that our country was founded on principled faith based concepts but it really was more about religious freedom that following a single doctrine. We seem to have such vast interpretations these days that the far ends of either spectrum scare me a bit.

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  3. Posted by Alta on March 29, 2012 at 10:42 am

    My husband and I made the mistake of coming in just before the film began and we, too, found seats in the third row only available. It was worth it! We knew going in this wasn’t going to be an “entertainment” type of movie, but a message – a message of truth. We pray for our country and it’s many leaders daily because we know it’s in a mess. We know, according to God’s Word, this world is the adversary’s kingdom, but God’s still with us if we invite Him into our lives. We are eagerly looking forward to Kirk Cameron’s next step in this line of message-movies regarding “what can we do” to bring our country back in line with having leaders govern in truth according to God’s laws for us coupled with His grace and mercy.

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  4. Posted by Marvin2984 on March 31, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Monumental is far more than a movie. I found it comforting to see someone else is bothered by the state of our country enough to make a movie. I’m comforted in knowing that I’m not the only one frustrated by the negative talk from every corner. Non-Believers who don’t understand the problem, and Christians who embrace the problems, as if they are cause for celebration knowing this is a sign of His coming. I love that Kirk shows us that our founding fathers were not celebrating the moral decline of their times, and the government take over of their church. They made the ultimate sacrifice to stand for God and do the work required to give us freedom like no other country has ever had. We have God on our side, and we need to lean on Him to give us the courage to do the hard work required to turn this moral decline around again. We owe it to God and our children to stand up for them and do our part in bringing our country back the God that made us great in the first place. If we don’t our country will fall victim to the same temptations of greed, lust and corruption that destroyed so many other civilizations in the past. This is why we need to study the Bible and History, so we don’t fall for the same tricks of the enemy time and again.

    I pray that Kirk’s work is multiplied way beyond this great movie, and into real change in America. All of this starts by Christians sharing the gift of salvation with others, inspiring others with our light in this darkened world. We need to show that our joy comes only from our hope in God’s promises, not in the circumstances we are in. I personally would have given up on this country long ago if I put my trust in people. When we follow the hearts of people, we get caught up in silly arguments that lead nowhere, which is exactly what Satan wants. Instead we need to put our trust in Jesus, and His teaching which are there to guide our every step to achieve great things, just like our forefathers did. We need to remember we are not at war with people, we are here to encourage them to leave behind the ways that lead to destruction, and lead them to true liberty through the teachings of Christ.

    Ephesians 6:12 says.
    (NKJV) 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
    Therefore we are not to attack people, we are fighting for the souls of every American just as much as we are to stand for the word of God. We need to help others see the truth in love. The key is that we always make sure Love is our motivation before speaking. Let us go out, and make this change today in America by sharing God’s Truth, and showing them that His plan is the only good plan.

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  5. Posted by coach on April 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Great that you all have such strong opinions, but Kurts movie is so far out into fiction it’s not funny. Also maybe it would help if all these so called christians would spend more time getting to know what jesus was all about …… namely he was the leader of a class uprising that ended in a fairly large jewish revolution a few years after his death. ….. maybe if you all dropped this idea that you are somehow chosen and Better than people who are different than you, we might all get along… I can’t begin to articulate the anger I feel …. so screw Kurt Cameron and all his hate masked in the light of christian love …. …. also … READ A HISTORY BOOK …

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  6. Well. I do love Kurt. All the way back on Growing Pains and I think he’s a great person.
    Didn’t even hear about that movie, but sounds pretty cool and interesting.

    I think people need to educate themselves more on our government and what we were founded on and where we’re headed – which is FAR FAR away from that original intent.

    I have a lot of personal convictions and strong beliefs. almost too strong… i try to avoid political convos. haha

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