Ronald Reagan and John Paul II’s lives paralleled in coincidental–or divine–ways. Both boys grew up hard; Reagan was raised by a drunken father and John Paul II never knew his mother. Later on, Reagan and John Paul II became political playwrights, performing scripts that spoke to humanity’s freedom. Their political and spiritual convictions led them to much bigger roles. Reagan was named President of the United States while John Paul II was named Pope.
These men refused to back down from their deep, moral conviction that Jesus calls us to value each individual as a soul worthy of love and redemption. While this sounds like an easy sell, the 1970s Soviet Union didn’t agree, pushing against freedom with tighter, cruel rules on Poland and their other territorial controls.
However, as Reagan and John Paul II’s message of love and freedom grew in massive popularity, both men were shot– only six weeks apart. Reagan was shot by an insane, young man who wanted to impress a famous actress, but John Paul II’s attempted assassination, though kept discreet for years, was hosted by a Turkish assassin working for the Soviet Union.
Clearly, Europe couldn’t remain under the Soviet Union’s atheistic, soul-less rule, so Reagan and John Paul II joined forces, and through God’s guidance and strength, both men swayed Gorbachev to tear down Berlin’s wall, crippling communism and establishing the inherent truth that freedom wins.
This spiritually powerful documentary reaps biblical truths and represents the power of Jesus’ hand in our every day lives. Meanwhile, several black and white clips from some of the 20th century’s cruelest staples award this film Dove-approval for Ages 12+.
This powerful documentary follows the parallel of President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II’s lives, later depicting their intersection as a God-ordained plan to bring freedom to the world.