Just to let you know that you can read this post without reading part 1 which was all about what happened before the event began. But, if you missed it and want to read that one, click here. I have to say that I have read a couple of negative blogs about this movie and Kirk Cameron in general. I felt that the overall experience I had of the night was positive. Of course I run things through my own personal paradigm filter as I believe everyone does. We all have to settle in our own minds and heart what we personally believe and where we trust our knowledge to come from. Now, on to the adventure.
Love of my life arrived back at our seats with some traditional movie treats. We settled into our seats and I busied myself making baby boy happy so we could relax and enjoy the event. This “movie” we came to see was part of a live event hosted by the creator Kirk Cameron. The theater lights went out and there we were at his front door…in real time. Kirk invited us in and introduced us to folks he had gathered there. Right by his front door were two guys who were from his church I think, that were all set up with guitar’s and microphones. And we began this night off with worship. It was beautiful and amazing. It was exactly what this weary mom needed to soothe my aching soul. Can’t say that I have ever had a worship time at the movie theater before. After the worship Kirk introduced and talked with some others – Glenn Beck, Alveda King and his pastor and grandfather. Then Warren Barfield (did music for Fireproof) played a great song called “Waiting for the Right Time” that he wrote about getting married. (It was about the fact that if you spend your whole life focused on getting to the “right time” then you’re going to miss the right time as it flies right by, not just in regards to marriage, but many big things in life.) It was fun to see all this and he certainly set as atmosphere for what was to come.
I honestly had no real idea what to expect. I had only seen one preview and don’t think I was paying that close of attention to it. My husband really wanted us to go (which was enough for me) and it was being promoted by people whose opinion and advice I trust, so here we were. The movie is basically a documentary of Kirk’s search to discover some truth about our history. He documents his travel beginning in England to discover the roots of America. Here he learns things about the Pilgrims I do not remember learning in school. From what he learned it shows even more clearly what God and family meant to these people and what they were willing to sacrifice to see truth and freedom in their lives and the lives of those they loved. After learning about our forefathers he next travels to learn about our founding fathers. In the past years I have been learning more about our founding fathers and I was a bit more familiar with what he learned here although I do not believe that most Americans would be. It seems that we have so often taken our history for granted. It’s like we need to say to ourselves every morning “Wake-up, history repeats itself. Know your history.” Why are we so lax about the past? We need to care. If we do not know the foundations of our history, it can easily be destroyed, disfigured or lost. And if we lose the foundations of who we are then we crumble. How can we appreciate and understand the sacrifice of those who have come before us and are among us now if we don’t care enough to spend the time it takes to know it. How can we expect true freedom if things are being swept under the rug and all we do is shrug and believe that we can’t do anything about it? This is an area I want to address in the next few blogs or so.
Kirk too was looking at the “signs of the times” and very concerned about what’s happening. He said he had talked to other’s in his church who have said that these things are signs of the last days and there is nothing he can do so that’s that. Kirk wasn’t satisfied with that and frankly neither am I. He spoke of his children and the hopes and dreams he has for them. He had come to the decision that standing by and letting things crumble wasn’t good enough for him. He wanted a different solution. He needed to become a different solution. I totally agreed. I too want to be a different solution. It’s time we really dug deep and began to understand our history. We need to know who we are and how we got here. It needs to be more than a passing fancy. It needs to become woven into the fabric of who each of us are individually so it can’t be stolen from us.
I want to tell you so much more about the movie, but I really feel it’s something you need to see for yourself. I don’t want to leave you full of preconceived ideas. I want you to go as open as I went. But, to get it near you, you have to demand the movie. You may not be as impacted as I was, but maybe, just maybe you’ll hear the alarm bell go off in your head and say…this is something I need to know…this is something my children need to know.
As for me and my house, we want the truth. Not the pretty picture, not the ugly lie, just the truth no matter how it looks. We want to understand America and why we are who we are today. If you’re interested in learning more about this please go and see Monumental and tell me if you did. I would love to hear what you thought. We don’t have to think alike. We don’t have to respond the same. I want us all to have the freedom to choose what we believe and I want to know what you believe and why. I believe that it’s the freedom to be different that makes us truly America. Tell me, is this the story you know?