I couldn't decide about the many topics that I feel need to be discussed .... Egyptian President Morsi seizing absolute power; or Pravda calling our President a Communist; or should I talk about the UN's attempt to take control of the Internet .... all worthy subjects and issues that will effect us sooner or later. More on these matters in future posts.
Instead, today, I must make a comment about both words and deeds that I find offensive. The offenders? First is artist, Michael D'Antuono, whose painting titled "Truth" was displayed at a community college art gallery in Boston. The painting depicts President Obama posed as a crucified Jesus Christ, against a backdrop of the Presidential seal.
The second assault on my soul was a statement by actor Jamie Foxx at the recent Soul Train Awards. Mr. Foxx took to the stage and, in his exuberance, voiced his desire "to give honor to God and our Lord and Savior, Barack Obama."
I want to be perfectly clear ---- I am in no way advocating the restriction of the First Amendment rights of these two men. They have the right to express themselves in these non-violent methods; that is one of the amazing privileges and freedoms that is guaranteed by our Constitution. Just because it offends me, doesn't mean it should be limited or controlled. However, I, too, have those same rights, and am entitled to express my opinion, which begins right now.
I don't really fault these two men for their expressions. Why? Because they are fools. And why does this label suit them? By definition, a fool is "someone who has been tricked or deceived." It is my firm belief that every human being has the ability and the opportunity to perceive the Creator of the Universe. Even if it is as simple as being inspired by the magnificent colors at sunrise, or the miracle of birth; we instinctively recognize a greater power. As Romans 1:19 states, "what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. " That's where sunrises and newborn babies come in. Verse 20 makes it even clearer: "For His invisible attributes, namely his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse." So you see, whether human beings choose to acknowledge and honor that Power is left up to us. There is no excuse; we decide.
In the case of these two men, they have been deceived by the world and our culture into believing that they alone are responsible for their creative urges. And furthermore, they choose to not only dishonor God, but elevate another man in His place. And if you need further evidence of their foolishness, consider their own words. In describing the motivation behind his painting, D'Antuono explained it thus, "The crucifixion of the president was meant metaphorically. My intent was not to compare him to Jesus." Really? Since a metaphor is a representation or symbol of something else (or in this case, someone else), just tell me what other crucified person were you symbolizing? He went on to say that the controversy is being fanned by conservatives, who are “trying to promote the idea that liberals believe the president to literally be our savior.” Did he hear Jamie Foxx's comments???
I also find it rather curious that in a 2011 interview, Jamie Foxx said that he didn't know what God meant to him. Hmmm, now suddenly, he's seen the light and he recognizes Barack Obama as his savior? I surmise that Mr. Foxx has "gotten religion", alright. A benevolent government that provides all the needs of the people has become his religion, and the leader of that government becomes lord and savior.
But I would caution Mr. Foxx to be sure he knows what "lord" means, and I would urge Mr. D'Antuono to discern the real delusion behind his painting, titled "Truth." For "Lord" means master or ruler, and one need be very careful whom he chooses to worship as such. And I will finish out my reference to Romans, by quoting 1:22 .... "Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal men....".
I defend the right of these two talented men to express their creativity and their opinions, as deluded as they might be. Each of us has the right to articulate our beliefs and viewpoints. While theirs greatly offend me, they cause me no physical harm. My pain is spiritual, and it grieves me to see the true Lord and Savior of all mankind treated so irreverently. Forgive them their trespasses, Lord, as you forgive mine.
Psalm 94:8-9 "Take notice, you senseless ones among the people; you fools, when will you become wise? Does he who fashioned the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see?"
You're being gracious and kind. I wonder if they're just fools, or if they're collaborators?ReplyDelete
Just think: the First Ammedment right they use and you reciprocate would be the first thing they would take from you if they could.
Oh, and I definitely expect them to begin taking that right from me. It's part of the persecution coming our way. And I fully expect it to be directed towards Christians first. It's already starting. Once again my perspective is Biblical first, societal second. But it's all tied together and, yes, they are collaborators in addition to being fools.Delete
AS I respect also, the right to voice these men's opinion, BUT I also found this painting very repulsive and offensive. Now, if I did this, I would of been followed, harrassed and every other type of threat, because I painted the president and would be called a racist.ReplyDelete
I, personally cannot stand actors, and some of this other pop culture that is beyond any type of common sense, period.
Great post this morning.
ps..Just read this morning, that California is ranked dead last in the worst state to live in, for economy, jobs, poverty, etc. Boy, what a wonderful position to be in! Hope they are proud of themselves.
Hollywood is a typification of Babylon, is it not? Anyone who cannot see that we are just repeating sinful man's idolatries since the beginning of time, is not aware. Wake up, people! Mainstream society is not any different than ancient Rome, ancient Babylon, or the pagans that celebrated false gods.Delete
When I saw the clip of Jamie Foxx express his adoration of Obama it made me physically sick to my stomach and to see that picture of Obama is beyond disgusting. I believe in our first amendment rights but I think they now only apply to liberals.ReplyDelete
An article I read this morning, stated that since Obama took office Christians are now regarded as potential terrorists by the DHS. Sometimes I feel like I woke up in a nightmare.
Unfortunately, this is all too real. Those who think that things are not about to get real discouraging for Christians need to realize one thing .... the Enemy's power is strong upon the earth and his goal is to silence anyone who offers encouragement through Jesus Christ. Get ready to take a stand!Delete
It helps to remember that Isaiah, Daniel, Esther, Job - all had to prove themselves worthy of being " counted righteous " by our Lord and Savior. We are now heading to that position where HE is expecting to prove ourselves righteous through KEEPING FAITH IN HIS WORD ! I've found it is helpful to remind fellow believers of that very thing as we ( and they counsel me as well ) head to this time of " refinement ".ReplyDelete
I was horrified when I saw J. Foxx's clip. Then the next day the so called "artwork". I thought surely others might be just as upset. To me the very worst thing of all this is that no one seemed to notice, or if they did, they didn't think much of it. No discussion took place the next day, and I'm talking about on a local level where I live & work. We mentioned it at work....people would just say "oh. Really. Yea, that's not good."....and then go on about there business. Just a "gee, that's too bad" very casual, non-concerned attitude. The apathy and complacency just floors me. I'm not very optimistic about our country right now, it's becoming more & more apparent we are living in modern day Babylon.ReplyDelete
I agree. It was reported on the news (if it was reported at all) as if it was just another little controversy. I can understand the secularists and the atheists being unmoved, but where is the outrage from the Christian community? No wonder these godless groups feel emboldened to ramp up their attack on our faith. We ARE living in Babylon and we will soon reap our just rewards.ReplyDelete