What a time we are living in. Jim Caviezel’s “Sound of Freedom” continues to break barriers despite the opening of Barbie and Oppenheimer. The movie has now earned over $100 million in the box office. No question many are eager to help the movie continue its dominance as summer is near its mid-point. Even former President Donald Trump had a front row seat with the star and filmmaker of this project.
Recently, Jason Aldean released a new country song and is dominating the chart. The popular country artist makes the politically correct mob squirm and cry with his new song “Try That In A Small Town”.
Aldean uses his free speech to give those who believe in freedom a voice and quite frankly an anthem to stand up to the tyranny plaguing our nation like a virus. Despite claims that his new song was labeled "racist", the main message of the artist was that we need to return to the way our country was when we helped others, no matter their race, creed, or gender. There is no racial slur or remark in the lyrics of his chart-topping single loved by many, hated by a confused few.
Both examples are calling on those who are involved in entertainment to strongly consider giving us something that is pure and can speak to the human heart. Even St. John Paul the Great issued the challenge during his papacy.
“With loving regard, the divine Artist passes on to the human artist a spark of his own surpassing wisdom, calling him to share in his creative power. Obviously, this is a sharing that leaves intact the infinite distance between the Creator and the creature, as Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa made clear: “Creative art, which it is the soul's good fortune to entertain, is not to be identified with that essential art which is God himself but is only a communication of it and a share in it”. (Letter to Artists)
He not only spoke to those who paint, draw, and even sketch, but he also wanted to convey it to filmmakers, dancers, and musicians.
While Hollywood and the music industry are promoting things that go against God’s law, let us continue to look for what is authentic that speaks to the heart of every human person.