Hubby and I saw the movie Persecuted yesterday. I'm not going to say the movie was great, because it was not, but the truths that the movie was trying to get across to viewers are valid. Those truths include the facts that Christians are being persecuted and our current political leadership continues to work against Christianity.
What I will say is if you want to go see a movie, be entertained, be made to think and come to your own conclusions in spite of some obvious inconsistencies, go see Persecuted. We need to support actors, directors, writers, etc. who make the effort to stand up for what they believe and their Christian faith.
The Director of Persecuted, Daniel Lusko, when asked by CBN News what inspired him to write this movie, said:
The Holy Spirit inspired me to write "Persecuted" - I woke up one morning, and it was there. The government is trying to take control of everything, including the very source that gave our country its foundation, which is Biblical truth.
It really is beginning, because we allow ourself [sic] to be silenced, in the name of political correctness. In fact, a very close friend, who is highly involved in levels of government, looked at the story and he said, "This scenario of religious reform is happening; at the United Nations there is a bill that is exactly what you're talking about."
If you are a Christian, individual, business, organization in the United States and you accept any funds from the government, they in essence own you and can control what you do and how you go about it. It is hoped that the film will highlight the clash between religious freedom and government power.
The movie Persecuted stars James Remar, Dean Stockwell, Raoul Trujillo, Bruce Davison, Fred Thompson. The director of Persecuted, Daniel Lusko, hopes the film motivates people to stand up for their beliefs. Here's the plot:
Nationally acclaimed evangelist John Luther is the last obstacle in the way of sweeping religious reform in the States. When a U.S. Senator and Luther's own supporters abduct and frame him in the murder of an innocent teenage girl, an unprecedented era of persecution is unleashed. Out on personal recognizance, Luther escapes police surveillance in search of the truth. And suddenly a once-normal life is targeted by a team of ex-military operatives who wage a relentless campaign to eliminate the incriminating evidence. As evangelist turned fugitive, Luther vows to expose anyone involved with, or profiting from, the girl's murder. It's a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that will threaten the entire American Christian community.
An evangelist finds himself framed for murder and on the run after he refuses to back a senator's proposition calling for sweeping religious reform.
When asked about the movie, Fred Thompson said:
"... the notion of a religious person preaching the gospel running up against the government and governmental policies -- or those who want to carry out a business and running up against governmental regulations and rules -- is not far-fetched at all. In fact, we're seeing that happen as we speak in the Hobby Lobby case and in some other cases coming down the pike."
What is that sweeping religious reform called the Faith and Fairness bill mentioned in Persecuted?
Think of the word ecumenical. Most think of it as promoting worldwide Christian unity or cooperation. All Christian denominations coming together. But that's not it at all. There can be no unity among denominations where there is not unity in the faith once-for-all delivered by Jesus Christ and Him alone.
Now think beyond ecumenical and think interfaith. The word ecumenical contrasts with interfaith dialogue or interfaith pluralism aimed at unity or cooperation among diverse religions and referring to a worldwide "religious unity". But how can diverse religions act as one body when their faith, their beliefs, their view of salvation and how that is achieved, differs so drastically? They can't, without watering down Christianity.
And that's what it is all about folks -- watering down Christianity.
The Faith and Fairness bill being proposed in the movie Persecuted is a law where all lines between Christians and Muslims and Jews and Buddhists, etc. are removed by government and government is allowed not ony access to, but control over, all those religions.
"This is no longer a Christian nation; in fact, it never has been," Davison's politician tells an ecumenical gathering of supporters. (JSOnline)
That is a quote from the movie Persecuted, but I've heard that statement more than once by people in the media and on the Left in the USA. Perhaps that statement is true, or perhaps it is the goal of certain people inside the US. The group portrayed in the movie as ecumenical is anything but ...
A writer at Salon.com says: "The Christian persecution complex is absurd. Modern American Christians are not persecuted or under attack." You can read the ridiculous article including that quote here: Lib Rag Salon: Christian Conservatives Advocate “Killing Queers” And Waging “Holy War”…
Look at how certain departments in our government give special investigation to Christian organizations, to Conservative businesses. But more important, look at what is going on around the world today.
Christians in Mosul Iraq are being killed, forced to convert to Islam, kept from getting food rations, and the lucky ones are fleeing.
Christians killed and house of worship bombed in Sudan.
Christian churches destroyed in Egypt.
Christians targeted and church destroyed in China.
I could go on and on listing places around the world where Christians are being threatened, abused, tortured, starved, killed and houses of worship looted and destroyed. However, thousands of people are coming to Christ in Egypt in spite of the persecution there. We can only pray that this is the case in other countries.
The reviews of Persecuted are not good in left-wing publications, which is to be expected, mainly because Fred Thompson and Cretchen Carlson of Fox News are in the movie. Anything with a Fox News connection, however small, is automatically poo-pooed.
Huffington Post says Persecuted gives faith-based films a bad name.
The New York Times says:
This terrible attempt at a political thriller for the religious right is aimed not at Christians in general but at a certain breed of them, the kind who feel as if the rest of the world were engaged in a giant conspiracy against their interpretation of good and truth.
The Washington Post says:
“Persecuted” should outrage American moviegoers of all faiths and creeds. We can do political paranoia much better than this!
Are you going to listen to those reviews, or are you going to go see Persecuted and make up your own mind?