Wow! This is so powerful! 😱
The Passion of the Christ‘s Jesus actor Jim Caviezel released his latest film “Infidel” in late September. The film follows an American Christian blogger who is kidnapped, imprisoned, and put on trial in Iran for speaking about his faith.
Caviezel appeared on Fox and Friends, explaining his role in the film. Towards the end of the interview, he addresses Christian persecution in the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic.
He references one of Ronald Reagan’s most famous speeches about preserving liberties.
Reagan said, “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.”
Here’s the text of Jim Caviezel’s statement citing Reagan:
“Yes, he said that, but he also said, “Let’s set the record straight: there’s no argument over the choice between peace and war. But there’s only one guaranteed way you can have peace, and you can have it in the next second: surrender.
“Admittedly, there’s a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson in history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement. And this is the specter our well-meaning, Christian liberal friends–our priests, bishops, and pastors refuse to face.
“That their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives us no choice between peace and war. Only between fight and surrender.
“If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we will have to face the final demand. The final demand–the final ultimatum. And what then?
“When Satan has told the people of the world he knows what our answer will be. He has told them that we are retreating under the pressure of his cold war, and someday, when the time is right, to deliver his final ultimatum, our surrender will be voluntary, because you see, by then, we will have been so weakened from within: spiritually, morally, economically.
“He believes this, because from our side, he’s heard voices pleading for peace at any price–or better Red than dead.
“As one commentator put it, “He’d rather live on his knees than die on his feet. And therein lies the road to war, because those voices don’t speak for the rest of us.
“You and I know it and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet has to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin? Just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the Pharaohs?
“Should Christ have refused the Cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard ’round the world’?
“The martyrs of history were not fools and our beloved dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis did not die in vain. Where, then, lies the road to peace?
“Well, it’s a simple answer, after all: You and I have the courage to tell our enemies, ‘There is a price we will not pay; there is a point beyond which evil must not advance.”
“In the words of Reagan: ‘Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.'”