With all the scandals raging from the dossier to the huge budget to Obama’s slush fund, it’s time for some good news coming from Washington DC. That news came last night from Vice President Mike Pence as he announced the United States will directly assist faith-based groups actively supporting Christians and other religious minorities whose lives have been destroyed by the Islamic State.
The other good news in the announcement is that we will no longer rely on the United Nations to do their job in this regard.
“Our fellow Christians and all who are persecuted in the Middle East should not have to rely on multinational institutions when America can help them directly,” Pence said at a dinner organized by In Defense of Christians. “And tonight, it is my privilege to announce that President Trump has ordered the State Department to stop funding ineffective relief efforts at the United Nations. And from this day forward, America will provide support directly to persecuted communities through [the United States Aid Agency.]”
This has long been a problem that many of us have wanted solved even before the Islamic State started displacing Christians across the Middle East. Aid dollars sent to ineffective United Nations programs have been completely wasted with no tangible benefits. Organizations on the ground that aren’t pet projects of the United Nations have much better opportunity and experience with helping in these issues. Now, they’ll get the support from the United States they need.
It’s conspicuous that this announcement came from the Vice President. President Trump is currently in the middle of other issues from North Korea and Iran to tax reform and the opioid epidemic. It’s important at times like these that the Vice President be more than just a backup quarterback. Some issues are important enough for the White House’s attention though not as timely as other issues the President must address. This may be the perfect opportunity for Pence to take the lead on a project that needs him.
Being a Christian in Hollywood can be difficult. There aren’t a ton of movies being made today that fit in with a believing actor’s moral compass. Moreover, there’s a stigma attached to many actors who willingly profess their faith just as there’s a stigma against conservatives. As such, the average Christian-themed movie is pretty poorly done from a purely critical perspective. The messages can be great, but the delivery can be lackluster. Neither Kirk Cameron nor Nicolas Cage could make one of the most popular Christian book series of all time successful.
The Case for Christ is different. I was shocked when I saw that it received a 77% critical response on Rotten Tomatoes until I realized it was only reviewed by 13 critics. Go figure. Nonetheless, it was encouraging so I took my wife to see it last night. We were familiar with Lee Strobel’s journey from truth-seeking news reporter to truth-seeing evangelist and author, so we didn’t go for the sake of the story. As highly selective adults who have chosen to restrict our movie viewing to ones that fit our worldview (or that at least don’t attempt to trash it), we wanted to see if it was the rare “well made” Christian movie.
We were pleased with the results.
Both the acting and the cinematography were very good. They delivered 1980 about as well as big-budget films, 70s red Camaro and all. Nobody’s going to win an Oscar from this movie, but compared to the poorly crafted Christian movies of today that have good messages but are artistically weak, this was a real winner. Mike Vogel delivered the right mix of skepticism and intellect. He was believable as he struggled in a quest to debunk the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I wasn’t expecting it based upon some of his previous performances in cultural garbage flicks like Cloverfield and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but he found his groove with this role.
While far from being a critical masterpiece, this will hopefully bring more attention to the quality of Christian movies. They don’t have to look like they were made by a high school film studies class, nor does the dialogue have to sound like carefully crafted proselytizing disguised as robotic conversations. There needs to be a gelling of message and art that gets people not only interested in seeing a movie but that compels them to recommend it.
Hollywood is a cesspool of left-wing manipulation of progressive propaganda. As a society, we’ve fought through to make conservative-themed movies like American Sniperand Zero Dark Thirty critical and box office successes. Now we need to do the same for Christian-themed movies.
The Case for Christ is a step in the right direction. We need more of them.
Anyone who has been following what has been going on in Egypt has seen what a mob can do as reporter Natasha Smith found out:
My friend did everything he could to hold onto me. But hundreds of men were dragging me away, kicking and screaming. I was pushed onto a small platform as the crowd surged, where I was hunched over, determined to protect my camera. But it was no use. My camera was snatched from my grasp. My rucksack was torn from my back – it was so crowded that I didn’t even feel it. The mob stumbled off the platform – I twisted my ankle.
Men began to rip off my clothes. I was stripped naked. Their insatiable appetite to hurt me heightened. These men, hundreds of them, had turned from humans to animals.
Hundreds of men pulled my limbs apart and threw me around. They were scratching and clenching my breasts and forcing their fingers inside me in every possible way. So many men. All I could see was leering faces, more and more faces sneering and jeering as I was tossed around like fresh meat among starving lions.
Well that was in Egypt and it was a single woman, it’s not like you are going to see a Muslim mob assaulting a woman in America like that and it’s even less likely that it would happen to a group of men, and even if a mob wanted to stone a group of men in America it not like the police would just stand by and refuse to protect them.
…of course I could be wrong about that.
And BTW I thought it was an ARAB festival, aren’t we told that there are plenty of Arab Christians?
To those who insist Islam is a religion of peace, and to those who oppose laws restricting Sharia: This is the future , if it isn’t stopped RIGHT NOW the consequences in a few years are going to be horrible.
BTW reverse the religions of the people in that video, would there have been any other story on the news yesterday?
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