If Only It Was Only A Movie
Vol: 132 Issue: 26 Wednesday, September 26, 2012
It is fair to say at this point in the history of mankind that the most famous and well-known movie ever made is now The Movie That Nobody Saw. I notice that nobody bothers to use The Movie’s actual name anymore. It’s just called ”The Movie”.
It is probable almost to the point of certainty that the percentage of people among the rioters that actually saw The Movie’s trailer would be in the single digits. But if they didn’t hear about it from their local branch of al-Qaeda, they certainly heard about it from the US government.
President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton produced a publicity trailer of their own that castigated The Movie as so “disgusting” and “reprehensible” that Secretary Clinton found it necessary to “categorically reject” the film’s message and contents.
(Does that mean that President Obama and Secretary Clinton actually sat down and watched The Movie before issuing their reviews?)
For ten days, the White House, the Cabinet and Obama’s media operatives repeated the mantra that the anti-American riots across the Middle East were all the fault of “The Movie.” Including the assault in Benghazi.
Especially the assault on Benghazi.
I caught the NBC exclusive interview with Libyan President Mohamed Magarief when Ann Curry asked him if he believed that. Magarief said that The Movie had nothing to do with it.
“Reaction should have been, if it was genuine, should have been six months earlier. So it was postponed until the 11th of September,” he said. “They chose this date, 11th of September to carry a certain message.”
That sounds logical. But somehow, it seemed to escape the Obama administration for ten days and somehow still eludes Obama. In his speech to the UN, Obama doubled down again and again on the completely discredited theme that the uprising was a consequence of The Movie.
In all, Obama devoted more than 1,000 words of his speech to the entire world to a discussion of The Movie. When he got around to explaining to the world body why America didn’t arrest the “blasphemer” who made The Movie, Obama almost sounded tolerant.
“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied. Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims, and Shiite pilgrims . . .”
It sounded tolerant to Western listeners, but take note that the first sentence emphasizes that it is only Islamic forces that should win the future.
“Anti-Christian sentiments, anti-Semitism and hostility towards Muslim minorities exist, but it is the anti-Islamic forces that we must be most concerned about. President Obama stood against Islamic blasphemy laws but justified the rationale used by Islamists around the world in implementing them. And this contradicted his statements on behalf of free speech. . .
. . . This perception is not driven by an honest misreading of Western intentions. The root is Islamist doctrine, which Obama did not point out. Islamists will inevitably believe that Western governments and societies are anti-Muslim because there is no true “justice” or “peace” until the world is brought under Sharia Law.”
The headlines in the Obama media were baffling; The Guardian saw the speech as a condemnation of extremism. One wonders if the Guardian heard the same speech:
“At times, the conflicts arise along the fault lines of faith, race or tribe; and often they arise from the difficulties of reconciling tradition and faith with the diversity and interdependence of the modern world. In every country, there are those who find different religious beliefs threatening; in every culture, those who love freedom for themselves must ask how much they are willing to tolerate freedom for others. . . That is what we saw play out the last two weeks, as a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world.”
See? It wasn’t terrorism. And it wasn’t the terrorists that perpetrated it. It wasn’t the demonstrators that breached our embassies. It wasn’t retaliation for all the bragging about the killing of Osama bin Laden. It wasn’t al-Qaeda and it had nothing to do with September 11th.
It was The Movie That Nobody Saw’s fault. And there was nothing that Obama could do to prevent it because of America’s pesky free speech laws.
So don’t blame me for dropping the ball and getting all those people killed.
Blame the Founders. And The Movie.
Oh, and George W. Bush.
This morning, I went over to RealClearPolitics and InTrade to check out how Obama is doing. According to RCP Obama is up across-the-board. Over at InTrade, bettors are giving Obama a three to one advantage.
It is nothing short of astonishing. I want to believe that the polls are all skewed in Obama’s favor, and maybe they are. But the mere suggestion that Obama might win re-election is unsettling. Scary, even.
Then I went to my email, where I read the following letter from a reader in Massachusetts:
“All of my Christian friends and I are worried about these times. I know the bible tells us to be comforted, but frankly we are scared. We pray to be comforted but things seem to get worse on a daily basis.”
If you weren’t scared, I’d be questioning your sanity. Praying for comfort will bring comfort, but it won’t make that which scares us go away.
The Bible outlines a specific path that the world will take as we move closer and closer to the Time of Jacob’s Trouble and praying for it to go away isn’t part of that scenario.
I still get scared sometimes reading breaking news and intelligence reports, even though they serve to confirm to me all that I believe to be true about Bible prophecy and the generation in which we live.
Fear is a natural, God-given emotion, and is one of mankind’s most basic survival tools. Pain hurts, so that we fear it, and therefore, we are careful not to damage ourselves.
It is the fear of pain that makes us run from danger, preserving our lives. Without fear, few of us would survive to adulthood.
The Bible doesn’t tell us not to fear so much as it teaches us how to redirect our fear. Jesus said to fear not those who can destroy the body, but rather to fear Him Who can destroy the soul. The Psalmist wrote;
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.” (Psalms 23:4)
“Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea . . .” (Psalms 46:2)
“In God I will praise His word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” (Psalms 56:4)
So, if scary news scares us, does that mean that we are faithless Christians? No. Being scared doesn’t mean not having faith in the Lord.
There is a tourist attraction in Toronto called “Ten Toes Over Toronto.” Participants strap themselves to a safety harness and walk out onto the observation deck out to the very edge where they stand with their feet over the edge and look down — 1,815.4 feet down.
I’m getting scared just thinking about it! If you can stand it, here is a video of the experience. I tried to watch it, but when the first guy walked to the edge and looked down, I had to turn it off.
Now, I have faith in God. I believe the Bible is true. I know that He has everything under control. And as you can see from the video clip, a person doing the Ten Toes walk is securely harnessed.
But I still wouldn’t do it — there is no amount of money, no physical reward, no incentive you could offer me that would convince me to step to the edge of the CN Tower. If God told me to, I’d seek advice from a competent mental health official.
It is all but impossible to see the signs of the times and not get scared once in awhile. It doesn’t mean you’ve lost your faith in God. “Sudden fear” comes upon us all, saved and unsaved alike.
“Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.” (Proverbs 3:25-26)
I can’t think of much that is scarier that another four years of Obama. But at the same time, if Obama is re-elected, the odds of the Rapture being just around the corner go up considerably.
“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” (Proverbs 29:25)