What made America one of the greatest nations on earth? Can its citizens rediscover that greatness before their nation is overcome by mediocrity, selfishness, and sin? In the new film Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure, premiering March 27 for one night in over 550 theaters nationwide, former Hollywood actor (now a Christian apologist) Kirk Cameron (photo) takes a look back at the generations that founded America to determine what special characteristics they had that gave the nation its momentum toward greatness and prosperity. He also looks at where the nation stands today to try to determine if its people can reach back and re-embrace the qualities that made America a shining light for the world.
America is “the richest, freest nation the world has ever seen,” Cameron said recently as he spoke about the film project he has been working on the past two years. “Everyone wants to live here. But as I look around, I’m left with a sinking feeling that America is losing her way…. The soul of our country is sick, and history shows me we are headed for disaster if we don’t change course now.”
As Americans by and large look to their political leaders for a plan to get the nation back on track, Cameron suggests that perhaps there is a better way. “What if real change doesn’t start at the top but at the bottom?” he asks. “What if the best place to begin transforming our country is not the Oval Office but the dinner table?”
Cameron explained that Monumental began as his personal journey to find the roots of America’s greatness, “retracing the footsteps of our Founders from England to America in the hope of discovering our true ‘national treasure.’” He said that he suspects “our Forefathers knew we were a forgetful people, that someday we would lose our way as a nation. So they left us a map that would guide us back to the source of America’s success.”
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