I really enjoy reading the columns of nationally syndicated columnist Cal Thomas. Cal spent a few days with us at Emmanuel and my wife and I had the privilege of visiting with him around the dinner table and really appreciated his humble, genuine faith in Jesus Christ. It was refreshing to hear someone so well known be unashamed about his personal relationship with Christ, and his very real desire to lead others to know Him as well.
My family and church know that I am a big screen buff. If I weren't a preacher I would probably be a movie critic in the order of the late late Gene Siskel and his friend Roger Ebert. Good moving making is an art, and the best directors are some of our best modern and creative artists. I am also very interested in the evaluations and critiques of newly released movies from people I respect.
Cal Thomas, on occasions, weighs in on Hollywood. A recent Cal Thomas column entitled World Trade Center Is A World Class Movie, caught my interest. This Oliver Stone directed movie, aptly named World Trade Center, is due to be released next week (August 10th), and in Thomas' review of the movie he says, "It is one of the greatest pro-American, pro-family, pro-faith, pro-male, flag-waving, 'God Bless America' films you will ever see."
He further states that the movie is about five Port Authority Police officers who helped clear the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, where "three of them died and two, Will Jimeno (played persuasively by Michael Pena) and Sergeant John McLoughlin (played magnificently by Nicolas Cage), were buried in the rubble. These are real men who love their wives and children and are not afraid to say so. They are religious men who pray without shame or reserve. In fact, Jesus makes an appearance in Jimeno's hallucination, carrying a bottle of water to quench his thirst). Treating faith as genuine and with respect has only recently made a comeback among filmmakers."\
I predict three things about you and this movie if you choose to see it. (1). You will be moved to literal tears when watching the movie, (2). You will realize that true heroism comes from people with character, and (3). You will be reminded why the war against terrorism is necessary.
Watch the World Trade Center trailor here and enjoy the movie next week.
In His Grace,