A video interview with actor Jim Caviezel is going viral on Facebook, and leaders in the faith community are rallying behind it, pointing to the hashtag #SaveThePersecutedChristians.
Captured at the U.S. premiere of Caviezel’s latest movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ, in Dallas on Tuesday, the clip features the actor’s response to Richard Manning, a columnist for The Hill, who asked Caviezel how American Christians should respond to Christian persecution around the world as Easter approaches.“We gotta, as Christians, start not being afraid,” said Caviezel. “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.”
He continued, “There are a lot of people out there right now that need our help, and as Christians we need to stop being afraid of that.”
As Paul opens in theaters this weekend, members and supporters of Save The Persecuted Christians (STPC) are being encouraged to use the opportunity to call attention to the plight of 215 million followers of Christ around the world who are reportedly suffering heavy persecution.
The goal of STPC, which officially launched last month, is to greatly reduce — and to deter — the further global persecution of Christians. Among the leading members of the coalition is NRB’s president & CEO, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson.
“It is incalculably important that we make every effort to see this movie – and encourage others to do the same – over the next three days, since success at the box office this weekend will determine how long it will run in theaters,” the coalition stated in a memo to its members. “It will also likely have an impact on Hollywood’s decisions about making more such movies.”
Paul, Apostle of Christ was screened earlier this month at Proclaim 18, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. After the screening, there was a Q&A with Caviezel, during which the actor said, “The whole goal here was: bring as many souls to Jesus [as possible].”
“So, I need your voice to get it out there,” he added.
By NRB Staff
Published: March 23, 2018