The sound of gnashing

For a movie that is packing audiences in for each showing , the sound of gnashing teeth from mainstream movie critics is voluminous

Sound of Freedom packs a gut punch regarding the evil of child trafficking.

Not exactly the mindless popcorn faire of your average summer blockbuster , but in a year of flops from the major studios, this independent studio movie is a bona-fide hit. The film is gripping, sad and sometimes,horrifying, but delivers a powerful message of hope.

Yet mainstream critics are, in unison, dissing the film as right-wing conspiracy fodder. Take a look of some of the headlines I found.

” Christian thriller ‘Sound of Freedom’ faces criticism for stoking conspiracy theories” said one NPR headline. The Guardian’s breathless headline? “Sound of Freedom: the QAnon-adjacent thriller seducing America.” But my favorite is this doozy from Rolling Stone (drum roll): “‘Sound Of Freedom’ Is a Superhero Movie for Dads With Brainworms.”

Nearly every column I researched featured the right wing buzzwords “QAnon”and “conspiracy ” in attempts to denigrate the film and discourage people from seeing it. Spotting the same terms in different mainstream criticisms is either a remarkable coincidence or the sign of an organized campaign.

The good news is it’s not working. I saw the Sound of Freedom during a Sunday Matinee and the theater was packed. I managed to snag one of the last two remaining seats.

People are seeing this movie because it’s a powerful film that shines a light on very real and contemporary evil. Director Alejandro Monteverde masterfully handled the disturbing scenes of abuse without graphic depiction , but allowing your mind to fill in the rest of what’s implied.

From Left to Right: Jim Caviezel, Javier Godino, and Bill Camp

Skillfully woven in the subject is the inspiring heroism of former federal agent, Tim Ballard whose Christian faith leads him to do more than he ever thought possible. This is summed up in two powerful lines uttered in the film, “God’s children are not for sale,” and ” When God tells you what to do, you cannot hesitate.”

When remembering these quotes, it no wonder critics are antagonistic. Mentioning God in a glorifying manner, in a popular movie, almost always causes the sound of gnashing from the left.

How these critics could attempt to deter people from experiencing this film, speaks volumes about the fake and compromised media and Hollywood. I believe this vitriol stems from one of four reasons. 1)These critics are either so blinded by their politics that anything Christian or conservative is automatically viewed as sinister; 2)They’re following orders from higher ups (in either Hollywood or government) to bash the movie; 3) They have no problem with the subject because it hits too close to home or the industry; 4) It’s a combination of the previous three explanations.

Where are the stars doing their tick-tock or Twitter videos supporting this film and bringing awareness like they did with “Times-up/Me Too” or Covid?

Oh, that’s right, there’s a writers’ and actors’ strike. It’s likely even if those events weren’t happening we would still hear crickets, or perhaps more sounds of gnashing.

An interesting fact is this movie was actually completed five years ago. God’s timing is amazing when one considers the movie’s release amid the revelations of government corruption. As written in my last piece, I believe God is revealing the level of evil we face so that we can see that only He can fight this battle. He does so, partly through us, when we are obedient in faith.

In the post credits , actor Jim Caviezel remarks of the filmmakers’ hope that this movie would have the power of Uncle Tom’s Cabin which sparked the beginning of the end of slavery. May this film have an equal impact, marking the beginning of the end of human trafficking.

In another era, such an underdog of a movie would be the stuff of Hollywood legend. Just shows how much times have changed.


Be encouraged

When viewing the current state of America, with widespread political corruption, crime-ridden big cities and gender madness, discouragement is an easy default. But be encouraged: as Christians, God is working everything to our greater good (Romans 8:28).

What is our greater good? Our faith. For without faith it is impossible to please God.

Yes, things really suck in America, spiritually. WE are experiencing, in real time that when a country turns from God , it turns to doctrines of demons.

Satan is in literally in the White House, influencing the president. One of President Joe Biden’s highest paid staffers is a satanist.

We’re talking paganism here folks. This whole “your truth ” vs “my truth” arises from people thinking they are all knowing. Idolatry causes this state, whether they are worshipping a false god , a deceiving spirit ,or themselves.

Other proof of America’s regression to paganism include, tribalism, occult practices, sex trafficking of women and children and abortion. yes, I said abortion.

Have you ever wondered why pro-choice activists rabidly protect this barbaric practice? Sixty million babies…60 million, aborted since 1973 is an afterthought to these people. I believe this is because abortion is a form of child sacrifice , and other Americans are coming to this conclusion.

Artist depiction of the pagan god, Molech

Just observe the religious zeal in their eyes and the personal attacks when you challenge their protection of abortion. This goes way beyond protecting a woman’s right to choose and has everything to do with placating Molech.

Now am I saying every pro-choicer knows they are participating in a grand form of child sacrifice? No. The street level activist believes they are fighting for a righteous cause, a civil right. It’s the upper echelons that know the plan and defend the practice. They craft the propaganda that seduces the undiscerning into willing foot soldiers.

Like I said, it’s demonic. And so is the embrace of this gender chaos. What has the country come to when a child cannot vote or join the military until he or she is 18, cannot legally purchase alcohol until the age of 21, yet can make make decisions about their gender before adolescence?

Our country is descending into spiritual madness courtesy of the secularist/Marxist pawns of the principalities of darkness .

So why do I say be encouraged? Because, amid the darkness, we as Christians have a tremendous opportunity to be light. We’re light because we reflect Jesus and the brightness of our light is commensurate to our faith.

There’s that word , faith, again. Let’s discuss why if you have it, there is no need for fear or worry .

Faith is like exercising a muscle: the more you work the muscle the bigger or more defined it becomes. You can sit around and visualize yourself as muscular all you want, but until you pick up that weight or complete those pushups, you’re still that out- of -shape guy or gal.

The same goes for faith. It must be practiced.

Prayer and Bible study are part of exercising faith. If you are doing these things consistently your faith will have a solid foundation. We build our faith from this point by obedience.

Obedience means a willingness to go where God leads you even if you do not see the outcome. This is where faith comes in, a belief in things unseen as if they were.

When we walk in faith, God walks with us in our circumstances. In other words, in our successes and failures. God promises never to leave us or forsake us. We can be glad that God is doing a work in us, perfecting us. That work won’t stop until we are in with the Lord in heaven.

When we are obedient to bring the Gospel to a fallen world , or in Americans’ case, a fallen nation. Be encouraged because nothing can stop the mission.

Historically, persecution and martyrdom never stopped God’s Word. If anything, these obstacles instituted the opposite effect, causing the Gospel to flourish.

In this hour of darkness is the American Christians’ opportunity to shine brightly. God has appointed you and me for this hour.

Yes, the times appear bleak and hopeless. But take heart, when the odds appear against the church is when God does His greatest work. We only stifle His glory when we hesitate in fear.

So welcome the persecution, and remember that your life is not your own, but was ransomed by the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. Remember also that you can do all things in the name of Jesus. His name is above all others and the day will come when all will bow before Him.

I believe God is revealing the level of evil we are living under for a purpose: to show us only God can fight this battle . We are perfected when we allow Him to move through us.

Be encouraged.