Actor Kirk Cameron’s new film, “Monumental” was released in theaters on March 27th, 2012. Many theaters (including the theater where I had the privilege of seeing the film.) were sold out.
The film illustrates the problems in our country which would include economic problems, social problems, and political problems. As with almost any crisis, people are out to find someone to blame. As Kirk Cameron puts it in the film, “Government blames big business, Big business blames big government. The Church blames Hollywood, Hollywood blames the Church.” Instead of looking for the big culprit, we need to find a solution!
The film takes us on a journey back to the beginning. When I say beginning, I’m talking about the early days of our country. We get to meet and learn of two amazing groups of people, the pilgrims and the founders.
When we think of these people, we think of men sporting funny shoes and hats decorated with their belt buckles. They shouldered their big turkey guns as they trekked over land and sea all the way to America.
Ahem... Wrong! Actually the Pilgrims were very Godly people who took their families to a place where they could worship God freely and without compromise.
Because of the persecution in their native land of England, the Pilgrims left and headed to Holland. It was not easy for them to leave. The first time they tried to defect, they were captured by the king’s soldiers. They were searched and thrown in prison. Six months later when they were released, they were completely destitute; having sold all their homes and possessions, before they tried to leave. They realize that they must try once again to leave. This time they were successful and after a number of hair raising escapes, they settled in Holland. Some years later, Holland degenerated into a worldly place to raise their families, so they headed to America on the famed Mayflower. They ultimately settled in Plymouth and helped to begin a country that honored and followed God.
Over 150 years later, a group of men took the big step and founded the United States of America. Our Country became a sovereign nation at the writing of the Declaration of Independence. America began as and was meant to be one nation under God. Just look at any coin or a dollar bill and you will see the phrase that emboldens one of the principles that our great Nation was built upon: In God We Trust.
The film, Monumental, climaxes in a monument... a monumental monument! It characterizes the strategic way our country was built.
As the largest granite monument in our nation, it looks imposing as it sits on its hill overlooking the sea in a residential neighborhood where it was actually transported so that, hopefully, nobody would really notice it. Fortunately, Kirk Cameron did!
Kirk learns that the monument consists of several statues that are ordered and created in a very deliberate fashion. On the top monument, we see Faith. This represents that without faith, we are nothing. Next we find Morality, Mercy, Education, and Justice. These are the cornerstones on which our country was built and it is only by a return to these principles that we can, “fix” the problems of our nation that I mentioned earlier.
At the end of Kirk Cameron’s film, Monumental, we find that the blame is on “We, the People.” It’s not Wall Street, Big Business, or even political candidates. It is us! But it isn’t blame that rests on the citizens of America, instead, it is responsibility. It’s our responsibility to take these things, apply them to ourselves, and then teach others – Particularly the posterity we are bringing up after us.
Deuteronomy 6:7-9 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
“The land of the Free begins in the homes of the Brave!” ~Kirk Cameron