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Last Ounce of Courage

 

Stop what you are doing! No, don’t stop reading The Christian Index, but rather cancel whatever plans you have for the rest of the day. Well, cancel them unless you are planning to make a soul-winning visit or go to a church meeting. Google “moviefone” or check the newspaper section that lists the theaters that are currently showing “Last Ounce of Courage” and go see this film today. Take as many people to see this movie as you possibly can.

This film will thrill and inspire every committed Christian, every red-blooded patriot and every freedom-loving American. I recently saw a preview of the movie and was deeply moved by its actors, its script, its quality and its message.

The movie was written and produced by Southern Baptists Richard and Gina Headrick from Laurel, MS. Richard Headrick is a lay preacher, former trustee at Southeastern Seminary and dedicated Christian businessman.

The movie begins with a quote from President Ronald Reagan, who said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.”

Movieguide, the family guide to movies and entertainment, reviews the film by explaining; “The movie begins with … Thomas Revere getting married to his beloved just before he goes off to fight in Iraq. His father, Bob, is a decorated veteran and mayor. While Thomas fights for America, his son, Chris, is born. Soon thereafter, the officers show up at the Revere house to say that Thomas had died.

“Years later, Chris and his mother come back to visit, but times have changed. The people can no longer celebrate Christmas in the high school or have Christmas decorations in the town. As Chris tries to connect with the memories of his father, he asks his grandfather what his father had died for. When Bob has no quick answer, they both start down the road to find the answer.

When Bob, the three generations of his family, and the whole town become involved in trying to restore the celebration of Christmas, they find themselves facing the wrath of an ACLU-like organization. Bob is thrown in jail and stripped of his political office. A young friend of Chris decides to turn the winter play into a Christmas play. It is apparent that a miracle brings Christmas and real freedom back to this small mountain town.”

... it appears that the average American is either complacent or doesn’t comprehend what is happening.

The movie has a well-developed plot and stars reputable actors like Jennifer O’Neill, Fred Williamson and Marshall Teague. The movie elicits real tears and real conviction. When Bob places the “Jesus Saves” sign back on the mission it becomes evident that the movie has a clear evangelistic, patriotic storyline.

The movie is not about Republicans or Democrats, Protestants or Catholics. The movie is about faith, family and freedom.

It is no secret to most discerning Americans that we have gradually been losing our freedoms for years. Our manufacturing jobs have been leaving he country at a startling rate since the 1980’s. Health insurance premiums are skyrocketing. Employers offer less and less benefits. Social Security has been run into the ground by irresponsible bureaucrats. Our national debt now exceeds $16 trillion. For the most part our system of public education is deplorable. Our status in the world is weakening almost daily.

But most importantly, our religious freedom is quickly eroding. Secularism and the Muslim religion seem to be given preferential treatment over Christianity in America. In fact, it appears that the average American is either complacent or doesn’t comprehend what is happening.

Years ago Daniel Webster, senator from Massachusetts, warned, “There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter – from the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence … I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing.”

A number of years ago Pastor Joe Wright decided to challenge the government. He demonstrated courage in the invocation he prayed at the opening session of the Kansas Senate. Everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done …

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and call it Pluralism.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.?

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!”

We need some Joe Wrights today – some Christians with the grit and grace and intestinal fortitude to stand up and say, “We have had all the encroachment upon our freedoms we intend to endure. We will stand up for our faith and our freedoms with our “last ounce of courage.”

This movie may well give you the courage, the audacity and the valor to do just that.

Vance Havner said, “It is high time that something, persecution, if necessary, broke up our complacency and made missionaries out of mere church members.”

Havner was exactly right. If you want to continue to be a lazy American and a complacent church member stay home and watch the mindless trash and trivia on television and let the next generation become slaves of the state. Or go see Last Ounce of Courage and rise up to make a difference.