Last night, March 27, 2012, Monumental the film starting Christian actor Kirk Cameron, who is the public figure for The Way of The Master , and Living Waters Evangelism outreach programs debuted in limited appearances in theaters across the United States. Having seen a preview of the movie, not being able to attend an event tonight, and not being able to talk about until it after its release date. I am now able to give my opinion on the film.
Let me start out by saying that I am a fan of Kirk Cameron when it comes all the work he has done with The Way of The Master and through Living Waters with proclaiming the Gospel. This review is in no way a ad hominem attack on the character of Kirk Cameron or am I doubting his profession as a Christian. I believe that Kirk Cameron instead has gotten mixed up in something that we have or can all fall into the trap of Americanismand now is following those mistaken footsteps of that trap, but more on that later in the review.
If you follow the social media outlets Facebook and Twitter etc, you know that they are all a buzz with the talk about Monumental. Whether you fall on the side of David Barton of Wall Builders, who believe that this country was found as a Christian nation and all our founding fathers were “Christians.” Or instead if you follow the line of thinking like those of Brannon Howse, who believe that this country was not found as a “Christian nation” but instead we were found with on Judaic principles and that in fact many of our founding fathers were hostile to biblical Christianity. Which I tend to agree with, the later after doing much research and studying of my own on both sides of the subject find the later side more to be the case. I would have to be forced to conclude that our nation while it’s “Christian” in principle is not so specifically a Christian nation. We may have Christian principles but in turn many of are founding fathers were in fact quite hostile to biblical Christianity; they were more open to a general “Christianity” the principles of that Christianity. I don’t want to delineate too much on that topic for that is a discussion for another post. No matter what side of the coin you are on either David Barton's and Kirk Cameron's or Brannon Howse’s there is a serious an serious underlining issue that has to be discussed concerning the Monumental movie.
The underlining problematic issue that needs to be discussed in this movie is the lack of the Gospel in this film. This film for all its hype about being the movie to bring back America missed the one thing that is needed to bring back America the Gospel. Monumental did a very good job at presenting a moralist view of America and its past. It also did good at showing reasons why we should try and get America “back” for moral man centered reasons, but if left lacking what should have been the main focal point to accomplish this; Jesus Christ and the proclamation of the Gospel. The big climactic end of the movie was Kirk calling us to be “Liberty Men”, which is fine but us being “Liberty Men” is not going to save this country. The Gospel and God granting our country to be saved will be what saves it, not us alone.
What saddens me is that the message Monumental was instead of convincing people for the need of Christ as their Savior and the need for Christians to preach the Gospel. It instead pointed people towards the need for Americanism. What I mean by this Americanism can best be related to what we saw in the preludes to Hitler coming to power in Germany just before the on set of World War II. (Just to note here I am no what inferring that Kirk Cameron or anyone who holds an Americanism is associated to Hitler. This is just an example.) This state of National Pride or attitude in Germany is what caused the ability for Hitler to come to power. The Christians of Germany were more concerned about getting Germany back than preaching God's word and allowing God to deal with Germany. I am not saying that this will be the case here in the United States. What I am saying is that this type of National Pride or Americanism can be dangerous in the sense that it takes the focus of what Christians should be doing, which is to preach the Gospel. Instead it puts their foucus on trying to take the nation back and being engaged in endeavors produce moral “Christianity.” Regardless of American falling or standing God is still in control and ultimately foreknew and allowed it under His great Sovereignty. If God so chooses for America to fall than so be it. Their will still be Christians here. A fall will only separate the goats from His Sheep. If God chooses to allow America to return to greatness so be it. (I don’t see the later happening in the light of how far this country has fallen and entrenched in sin it has been come.)
For sometime we have been told by Kirk Cameron and supporters of his film to wait and see the film before making a judgment. Now that the movie is out people are able to see for themselves the problems that Brannon Howse and others have been warning about through shows like World View Weekend Radio and others. So now that what these Watchmen on the Wall have been warning everyone about is true how will the defenders of Kirk Cameron and Monumental justify a Gospel-less film?
Kirk Cameron’s big Monumental production missed a land mark opportunity and the real message that should have been being given; THE GOSPEL. I would have expected this from someone of Kirk’s standing and history of proclaiming the truth. It seems either Kirk thought and had preconceived notion that everyone seeing this film was or is a Christian, or he has fallen for looking to a Reconstructionism view to save the country. Monumental in my view was a Gospel-less movie of moral relativism focused more on what we can do then what the Gospel and Christ can do.
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