Santorum's Taking America Back Through Storytelling

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WASHINGTON -- Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told CBN News he wants to start a movement in this country aimed at changing the culture. It would be centered on altering the movie industry.

The former Pennsylvania senator is now the family friendly movie executive of EchoLight Studios.

"God is alive and active in so many people's lives. We have so many stories to tell," Santorum told CBN News.

The latest story is set to debut next month. It's called, "Seasons of Gray: The Modern Day Story of Joseph."

"The message is that you'll get through this," Santorum said. "As difficult and all the challenges that Joseph had and this modern-day Joseph has that God loves you first and that he's going to be with you."

The movie is produced entirely by Watermark Community Church in Dallas.

But Santorum says don't worry. The film is solid, high quality work. He believes compelling movies made by churches are vital in changing our culture.

"I think it was Aristotle who said, 'Give me the storytellers and I will control the country in a generation.' Well, who tells the stories? One hundred years ago it was the Church. It was the family. It was the neighborhood, the library. Today it's Hollywood," he said.

It shouldn't be surprising that Santorum is out to change the culture. He's been preaching about it through the prism of politics for decades.

"If we're going to get back this country, we're going to have to engage as much as the other side does," he said.

Santorum said millions of donor dollars are coming in from those willing to engage in this culture fight. But a vital part of this comes from church members.

EchoLight has come up with a way for Christians to set up movie screenings in their hometown movie theaters to spread the word.

"It's a great opportunity for people to take the bull by the horns," Santorum told CBN News. "We give you the good quality product. You then go out and can evangelize in your own community, bring people in."

Santorum knows a thing or two about "bringing people in." He finished a strong second to Mitt Romney in last year's GOP presidential primary.

And this year he's been back in early voting states like Iowa, fueling speculation of another presidential run.

"One of the things that's in my mind is I need to keep my options open for a potential run, which means that there are certain things you have to do to put yourself in a position at some point to be able to decide to do it," he explained.

But whether it's politics or the movie industry, the goal is still the same: an American culture that defends and embraces Judeo-Christian values.

Meanwhile, EchoLight Studios is partnering with best-selling Christian author Max Lucado on this project.

Lucado's new book, You'll Get Through This, will be released at the same time as the movie. Both share a message of hope and encouragement during difficult times.

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