No! Definitely not.
In fact I would say it offers us the best hope
of avoiding war. It accurately portrays what happened, the good and the
bad without any preachy agenda one way or the other. For example, the
Train Incident shows how during war even with good intentions horrible
things happen. Whether or not this historically happened or not I do not
know, but it does demonstrate by example how war is extremely bad. I
can only think of one thing worse than war, and I explain what that is
"Confusing Train Incident."
Hundreds of priests and bishops were martyred
for their faith during the war. The movie specifically shows a few who
are well known. They were murdered just because they were priests.
They did not engage in violence. However, since the movie producer
wanted to accurately portray the historical record, he did show a few
priests who did lead their parishioners in battle.
In one incident in the movie, after confiscating
gold from a government train the priest ordered that all the passengers
be unboarded. After receiving explicit confirmation that this had been
done, he orders the train to be burnt.
What he did not know was that there were
stowaways in a boxcar and they were accidentally burned to death. The
priest goes the rest of the movie repenting and asking God for
forgiveness. My only suggestion for improvement in the movie is that
the Director could have reemphasized that their deaths were
unintentional, but it is clear enough if the viewer pays close
This and many other incidents show quite clearly
how horribly bad war is. The one thing, in my opinion, that is worse
than war is the present day situation in the United States. Religious
Freedom is under attack by the Obama administration and most people seem
to be more concerned about what they are going to eat tonight, or
whether they can afford to go on vacation this summer.
This movie offers us hope. It shows the courage
and sacrifice of so many who held onto their faith at ALL COSTS.
Their faith was in Jesus Christ, and He is the Prince of Peace, and He
is the only one who can offer us a chance a true and lasting
peace. Perhaps, present day Americans can be inspired by the
Cristeros' example so that they can learn to value their religious
freedom, before they lose it, and before war does come about because we
abandoned God who is our only hope for peace.
“ˇViva Cristo Rey!
(Long live Christ the King!)
ˇViva la Virgen de
(Long live the Virgin of Guadalupe!)”