Actress Angelina Jolie is directing a new blockbuster about Olympic runner and U.S. Army Air Corps member Louis Zamperini, who was taken hostage in Japan during World War II. The movie is sure to be an incredible tale of perseverance and a great history lesson as well. However, at least one famous member of the Christian faith is speaking out about an important detail which Jolie has left out of her film.
Evangelical leader Greg Laurie is concerned that there will be no mention of Zamperini’s conversion to Christianity in Unbroken. He told The Christian Post:
“I’m disappointed that director Angelina Jolie has chosen to leave this vital and essential part of Louis Zamperini’s life out of this much anticipated film. To me, the most amazing part of his story is not just surviving the incomprehensible beatings in the Japanese internment camp, or being adrift at sea for over 47 days. It was the fact that Louis was able, because of his conversion and newfound Christian faith, to go back to Japan to the very guards who mistreated him and forgive them, as well as tell them about Jesus Christ.”
Laurie knew Zamperini well, so his testament to the veteran’s faith is not simply hear say. In the footage below, Laurie interviewed the American hero at the Harvest Crusade in 2011.
Zamperini died in July at the age of 97. He lived a life that most of us could not even imagine in our wildest dreams. Laurie argues that Zamperini never would have made it if not for the grace of God. He stated:
“The fact of the matter is, if Louis Zamperini had not met Jesus Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade, his story could have ended far differently. Suffering from severe PTSD and plummeting into alcoholism, Louis could easily have died. But his life was changed, and he was, as he told me personally, ‘instantly healed of PTSD’ as well as his dependence on alcohol.”
Do you think that Angelina Jolie acquiesced to liberal Hollywood and intentionally left Zamperini’s conversion to Christianity out of her new film? It seems that such a vital part of his story, one that shaped the outcome of his life, would be hard to ignore. Give us your take in the comments section.
H/T: The Blaze