Absolute Power Part II
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.... No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine."1
It's not only the influence of some prison guards whose power has corrupted them, but one cannot help but wonder about the power of the news media that daily influences the minds of multiplied millions of people—seeking to shape the minds of listeners according to their particular slant and agenda.
Here in the U.S., for example, while mostly ignoring all the good that has been done in places like Iraq and other places around the world, the TV news media thrive on reporting the number of deaths of our military personnel in Iraq and/or in Afghanistan. I'm not in any way implying that such deaths are not tragic. They certainly are. What I am talking about is truth and responsibility in reporting. These same news channels rarely mention the daily slaughter on our highways—43,220 deaths in one recent year—that was an average of 118 deaths every day!2
Furthermore, of these 43,200 deaths 17,401 were alcohol related! (By way of interest, not so long ago, while waiting to turn left at a stop light, I was slammed into by a car that was slammed into by a heavy pickup truck driven by a youth who caused a six-car pileup. I wonder if he had been drinking! I'm just fortunate that my injuries weren't much worse. The accident caused $8000 damage to my vehicle.)
Nor does the news media mention the hundreds of babies who are being murdered every day throughout our nation, nor the merciless butchery of partial-birth abortion, nor the accelerating moral decline of our nation. Why aren't these tragedies newsworthy? Is it because it wouldn't be politically correct to report on these issues? Or is it because their TV station would lose listeners and therefore financial support?
Think too of the far-out-of-proportion power of some politicians who are adept at making decisions that they believe will keep them in power, rather than for the good of the country ... and those who blame other politicians (or anyone else) for the problems that they themselves helped to create in the first place, or who refuse to call acts of terrorism for what they are? Instead, the war on terrorism has been called "Overseas Contingency Operation."
Furthermore, let's be realistic, the "overseas contingency operation" its not only a war against terrorism, it is a religious war caused by militant Muslims who are hell-bent on destroying and killing Americans, Westerners, Jews, Christians and all who oppose their fanatical, barbarous "interpretation" of their religion. If we don't win the war against this barbaric "religiosity" the consequences will be unthinkable for our children and our children's children. Will our politicians and the news media ever consider calling the "overseas contingency operation" for what it truly is—a war against religious terrorism? Not likely!
How tragic when we use words to twist the meaning of critical issues and in so doing deny their reality. This, too, shows the deceitfulness and hypocrisy of the human heart. Would we dare call poison by any other name? To do so would be murderous.
So wherein lies the answer to the dilemma we currently face? Is it, as Ed Ames asked about the national problems our country faced in the sixties, is it in the "stars, or in ourselves?" Not likely.
If we who claim to be Christians, whose faith is definitely not in the stars or in ourselves but in God and his Word, don't give answers, who will? Godless politicians, the outspoken immoral minority, irresponsible news reporters, and militant religionists will give hopelessly false answers to lead us astray. Of this we can be certain.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help us in this day of militant religionists, outspoken morally irresponsible minorities, compromising church leaders, self-promoting politicians, to stand up and be counted for you. Help us to see the truth as you see it, to find ways to impact our society and help usher in a desperately needed spiritual awakening throughout our land. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Psalm 33:12; 16-19 (NIV).
2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov.