A Committee of Correspondence

A Committee of Correspondence

“I’ve Decided What This Country Is — People Who Deserve Better”

Last night, we watched the movie Edge of Darkness which stars Mel Gibson and Ray Winstone. We guess it didn’t do well at the box office since we had never heard of it and only bought it because we really like Mel Gibson. According to the info on the DVD, it’s been almost eight years since he has had a starring role in a film.

Mel Gibson took on the forces of darkness when he dared to make the blockbuster The Passion of the Christ. As is true for every heart, his heart is known to God alone and certainly not to us. But we figure he is, in truth, a Christian. And Mel Gibson used his unique gifts to love and serve the Lord and lead others to Him, as well. We suspect he was quite successful. And that is why he was savaged by those forces of darkness, ably assisted by the mainstream media that has become a dark forces stronghold. The forces of darkness were, apparently, able to drive Gibson into what was more than likely a wilderness of anger and pain for almost eight years.

Yes, we know about Preterism and Replacement Theology. No, we do NOT agree with them. Nor will we ever. God is very clear about His chosen people and His love for them and about His End Time agenda. And He is pretty clear and getting clearer about His latter days agenda, as well. And while we pay almost no attention to any “Hollywood news,” we did watch some of what was passing for interviews of Mel Gibson when The Passion of The Christ came out and the media were intent on getting to Mel Gibson by attacking his father about his views on the Jews, among other things. Amazing.

Mel Gibson loves his father. That speaks well of both him and his dad. So Gibson tried to defend his father or, at least, keep the media from savaging him, too. But the vicious Liberal practitioners of the Rules for Radicals never let anything — and certainly not truth, decency, reasonableness, a sense of fair play, manners or even common courtesy — stop them. Those forces of darkness are intent on destroying all that is good and right.

So, we were impressed with Edge of Darkness for a lot of reasons. We were impressed because despite the mauling Mel Gibson and The Passion of the Christ took, Mel Gibson’s character in Edge of Darkness showed his commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We suspect that was there at Gibson’s insistence. So our admiration for Mel Gibson continues unabated.

In addition, we were impressed with Edge of Darkness because of its content. It is a dark and violent film, but so is the world we live in dark and violent. The film depicts Boston Police Detective Cravens (Mel Gibson) and a darker character, Captain Darius Jedburgh (played by Ray Winstone), pitted against a few of the forces of darkness. The story is about what’s right and what’s wrong and about how power corrupts. Our favorite scene is the one very near the end when Captain Jedburgh is consulting with an evil US Senator, an equally evil corporate CEO and an evil bureaucrat. The Senator, CEO and bureaucrat think Jedburgh will be able to give voice to the perfect cover-up that will allow those three evil guys to continue building and living in their evil empires.

The Jedburgh character’s job description is, in his words, “I look at things and I decide.” And then he says, “I’ve decided what this country is . . . people who deserve better.”

Amen to that. Evil is very much at the top, right now. According to the Bible, it is always at the “top,” for Satan is the Prince of the Air. What makes today different is that Evil is VISIBLY at the top and this is true for our elected officials, our governmental bureaucracy, and our largest corporations. Not just here in the United States, but world-wide. It is, however, the United States that is of concern to us and Edge of Darkness definitely gives an enlightening snapshot of the battle in which Americans must engage.

Watching Edge of Darkness brought vividly to mind an English professor we once were blessed to have instruct us. He taught us a couple of very interesting lessons about life. He probably taught us other things, as well, but it’s these two lessons that have remained with us all these years and have provided frequent food for thought. The first lesson was on commitment. Our professor pointed out that commitment means deciding in advance how one will respond each time the choice presents itself and then following through on that decision each and every time one is given the chance. It sounds simple but, of course, it’s not. Commitment ALWAYS requires SELF-DISCIPLINE and it SOMETIMES requires COURAGE, too.

In retrospect, that was an extraordinary topic for a professor of English to decide to address. But he was an older man, looking at the end of his career and deciding what legacy he wanted to leave. And, we suspect, that was part of it — it was certainly part of his legacy to us.

Our professor’s other extraordinary lesson was this: an institution, ANY institution, comes into being because the people see a need for a certain function, or a mission, if you will, to be performed for the good of the society as a whole. So the institution is created and given a mandate to carry out that function. Very quickly, however, the institution becomes interested not only in its original mission but in its own survival. That can, of course, be understood since the mission was deemed to be essential by the people who formed the institution to carry out the mission. So, it follows that the institution must survive in order for that essential function to be performed. But as the institution ages, the original mission becomes less of a focus while the institution’s survival becomes more and more critical. Until at last, the institution is no longer interested in its original mission but only in its own survival.

A few years after we left academia, we were told an allegorical story that seemed to be making the rounds at the time. The story was about a wide deep swift-flowing river. It was a dangerous river, given to undercutting its banks. It seemed to the folks in a village near the banks of that river that unwary people were always falling into it. The village was composed of kind-hearted people who, when they heard the cries of someone being swept away to a watery death, dropped whatever they were doing, grabbed a rope they kept handy and ran to the river to rescue the person who was drowning. The people rescued from the river were frequently hurt in addition to being wet and exhausted from their ordeal so other villagers would come with bandages, dry clothes and food, as well as offers of temporary shelter in their homes.

This happened so frequently that the villagers decided that it would be good if they could keep the supplies they needed in one convenient location. So a Rescue Shed was erected on the riverbank. And that proved to be really helpful — no more wondering where a rope was to be found when one really needed one and bandages could be stored there as well, along with towels and dry clothing.

That river, somehow, grew even more dangerous. The people rescued were badly hurt and really in need of to a place to stay while they healed up enough to continue the journey that had brought them to the river in the first place. So the village decided that they could expand the Rescue Shed into a Rescue Shelter.

More and more people fell into the river and taking care of their needs took up a lot of time. The villagers had to take care of their own families and businesses so they agreed that they could expand the Rescue Shelter to include quarters for a Rescuer and they could hire a person full-time to rescue people from the river and tend to them until they were well enough to be on their way.

The Rescuer was a great idea and was working out quite well. But he had a family, too; and it would be really nice if they could all just live and work together in rescuing the people from the river. The Rescuer’s wife was willing to be the Caregiver for the people they rescued. The village agreed and the Rescue Shelter became the Rescue Compound with separate quarters for both the victims of the river and the Rescuer and Caregiver and their family. The people rescued were so grateful and the villagers were happy to be able to help so many others.

The Caregiver began to notice little things that could be done to make the Rescue Compound a nicer place. A little paint. Some carpet. Art can never go amiss. After all, one’s surroundings are very important to one’s well-being. And speaking of well-being, the Rescuer and the Caregiver really needed a little time-off each week. And a vacation would be good, too. She had heard about a conference on the latest rescue and care-giving techniques and it was in Orlando. They could take the kids!

The villagers agreed to all the expenses involved. The Rescuer and the Caregiver had the Compound working like a finely-tuned engine and everything looked so nice. Funding part-time help and a vacation for that wonderful family wasn’t in the least unreasonable and keeping up on the latest in rescue and care-giving was an excellent investment in the future.

The Rescuer and his family returned to the Compound refreshed. But soon it seemed like there were more near-drowning victims than ever before and, well, these people they were rescuing were making a mess of the new carpet and didn’t seem to appreciate anything anyone ever did for them. And they never even noticed the art.

So the Rescuer and the Caregiver talked with the other villagers and they all decided that, while they might continue to rescue a drowning person every now and then, they should be given considerable discretion about whom they rescue and when they rescue them. Sometimes it simply wasn’t convenient to have rescued people in the Compound. Besides, there were other villages along this dangerous river and they, too, could begin rescuing the drowning from the river. The other villages might even want to set up a task force and perhaps other committees to discuss ways of helping drowning victims that didn’t entail actually coming into contact with near-drowning victims.

And it came to pass, a man whose journey had never before brought him to this part of the world, crested a tall green hill overlooking a valley with a wide swift-flowing river carving an ever-deepening gorge. As the man walked down the hill he saw that the river was lined on both sides with beautiful homes and country clubs with what looked liked several committees meeting inside. And as he neared the banks, the man heard the cries of the people who were drowning in the river.

Well, you know what? America now finds herself in exactly that situation. Americans in Louisiana set out in their boats to pull protective booms to keep the oil out of the wetlands. They did it on their own because they couldn’t stand to do NOTHING while our government held committee meetings and waited for reports. These same Americans have also been wanting to build sand berms to protect their shoreline but they cannot get permission from the EPA!!

Look, too, at the illegal immigrants issue, especially Arizona v. The US Government. America has actually been invaded by 12 million illegal aliens and when Arizona simply cannot wait another moment for a federal government which has not and will not act, what happens? The ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) chief –the man in charge of the agency charged with dealing with immigration–tells us that the group he controls might not actually ever be doing that job ever again.

Americans are by nature a “can do” people. The same CANNOT be said for our government. It’s very much a CAN’T DO government. According to them, we can’t do anything and neither, of course, can they.

Our government of the people by the people and for the people is not only NOT WORKING BUT IT IS WORKING AGAINST US.

What is worse than a dangerous river lined with spectacular homes and country clubs is that those taxpayer-built homes and country clubs are now sporting GUN -TURRENTS and the guns are aimed at the Americans.

Our actual situation in America is very like the situation Mel Gibson’s character faced in Edge of Darkness.

Personally, we are in total agreement with Captain Jedburgh. THIS COUNTRY IS A PEOPLE WHO DESERVE BETTER!

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