by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A few years back, Jim Caviezel spoke at a number of venues to discuss his new movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ. Rather than shying away from his Christianity or attempting to filter his words through the lens of pop culture’s censorship, he passionately urged his listeners to become “proud warriors, animated by their faith” in fighting, and even dying, for the preservation of human freedom.
When he spoke of freedom, he was clear to articulate that God’s gift to His children is not the freedom to do recklessly whatever we wish, but rather the freedom to choose wisely how we ought to act in pursuit of moral lives. He answered Maximilian Kolbe’s trenchant observation that “indifference is the greatest sin” by charging every listener to “fight for that authentic freedom” that requires us to live courageously. “And with the Holy Spirit as your shield and Christ as your sword, may you join St. Michael and all the angels in sending Lucifer and all his henchmen straight back to hell where they belong!”
It is sadly rare these days to hear such moral clarity, particularly from any kind of public figure, who makes himself a target by refusing to conform to our culture’s secular and pagan fascinations. Caviezel has not been seduced by the lie that “good” and “evil” are relative concepts determined by man and man alone. He knows that the opposite is true. There absolutely is “good” worth defending to our last breaths. There absolutely is “evil” that requires us to fight until we can fight no longer. And because the world is right now blinded by wickedness and corruption, those of us who are still free to see truth must work tirelessly to free those around us, too. “There was a lot of pain and suffering before the resurrection,” Caviezel reminded listeners, “and your path will be no different.”