A 1952 classic which featured Hollywood legends Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, William Holden and more emphasizes the importance of the fact that our liberty comes from God as defined in the Declaration of Independence. The film has a single theme: You Can Change the World.
The film attempts to educate others on Communism and the truth that America was based on God. It features a meeting of these actors to advance the Christopher Movement. That movement was founded by Fr. James Keller. He coined the term “Christopher,” from the Greek words for Christbearer – an individual who sought to apply the principles of the Gospel in the marketplace of everyday life.
Fr. Keller explains that his goal is to, “get more people of vital purpose into the high fields that affect the lives of the majority of mankind.”
Now, this blogger is not familiar with Keller or his movement, but, I found the video intriguing in that it seems applicable to today.
“I’m convinced we are on the greatest brink of peace the world has ever seen or the worst disaster,” Fr. Keller states, “here we are in the greatest country in the world, about the only country left intact, and whether we like it or not, I’m afraid, as America goes – do goes the world.”
He calls it a wonderful time to be alive and says, “A little handful of people could change the whole course of history…1% is nothing more than a handful…Just think of what that 1% had been doing to mess up the world, they get into the fields that count…they hate the basic truth of which our nation is founded. That every human being is a child of God. That he gets his rights from God…everyone of them get into fields where they can eliminate that truth…”
In the video, the group reminds their audience of the importance of the Declaration of Independence and how our founders repeated that our liberty depends on God. They then quote and read from the original version of the Declaration of Independence.
They warn about the views of Karl Marx and the ideas of Hitler.
“Most of the good Germans wanted good government, good education, good everything else. But they didn’t want to be bothered, they wanted somebody else to do it. You know the old story? Everybody wanted to eat but no one wanted to cook,” Fr. Keller says, “The Nazis weren’t strong in the beginning. But they swarmed into every field. The lines were drawn then and the lines are drawn now. We’re either for God or against God. If its the later – we’ll pay the penalty and soon.”
In the vid, Fr. Keller calls Bob Hope about his movement and Hope responds, “I just want you to know I’m behind this project,” Hope states.
“Seems like a good idea to me getting the people back to the basic idea behind the idea of the Declaration of Independence. You couldn’t push a better product. Seems to me you don’t hear very much anymore about the Declaration. All you hear about is the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Let’s not forget for a moment that they don’t add up to much if you pass up the Declaration,” he says.
The video ends with the group reading Lincoln’s Lost Speech, “Now, my countrymen, if you have been taught doctrines conflicting with the great landmarks of the Declaration of Independence; if you have listened to suggestions which would take away from its grandeur, and mutilate the fair symmetry of its proportions; if you have been inclined to believe that all men are not created equal in those inalienable rights enumerated by our chart of liberty, let me entreat you to come back. Return to the fountain whose waters spring close by the blood of the Revolution. Think nothing of me—take no thought for the political fate of any man whomsoever—but come back to the truths that are in the Declaration of Independence. You may do anything with me you choose, if you will but heed these sacred principles. You may not only defeat me for the Senate, but you may take me and put me to death. While pretending no indifference to earthly honors, I do claim to be actuated in this contest by something higher than an anxiety for office. I charge you to drop every paltry and insignificant thought for any man’s success. It is nothing; I am nothing; Judge Douglas is nothing. But do not destroy that immortal emblem of Humanity—the Declaration of American Independence.”
I want to emphasize that my posting this is not to promote a movement I am not familiar with. But rather to state that we MUST get about reminding people where their rights come from and why. We must get involved at every turn. Our country is at a crossroads and if we do not speak out and get involved, who will? .