March 15, 2012
By Martine Bates Sharp, Ed.D. and Rick Sharp
Pyro Pictures Production
Did you know that the Pilgrims went to Holland seeking religious freedom before sailing on the Mayflower for the New World? Did you know that the first Bibles printed in English in America were printed by Congress for placement in schools? Did you know that most of the Founding Fathers were devout Christians and not agnostics, atheists or Deists, as we have been led to believe by historical revisionists?
On a two-year quest to find the “secret that has made America the freest and most prosperous country in the world,” Kirk Cameron uncovered some amazing and little-known facts about the people who founded our nation. He also discovered a monument in Plymouth, Massachusetts, that memorialized the Pilgrims and presents the five core principles that made this nation great — principles that will keep America healthy, Cameron said, if we as a nation will return to them and reinstate them as the core of our culture.
But “Monumental” is not a history lesson, nor is it a travelogue, although it contains elements of both. Instead, it is a stirring call to action. One speaker in the documentary points out that freedom is not just won; it must be sustained — “the work,” he said, “of centuries.”
It is Cameron himself, in the end, who issues the call. An advocate of strong personal and family values, Cameron noted, “The responsibility to secure freedom for my family doesn’t begin at the White House — it begins at my house … join me and we will secure a monumental future for our children.”
Can we go back to values and principles from days gone by? The Renaissance and the Reformation are held up as examples of going backward to move forward.
In theaters across the nation beginning on March 27th, there will be people rising to their feet with Cameron at the end of the movie — people who believe, at least for that moment, that they can effect change within our nation. It will be interesting to see what follows.