Season 5 has been an interesting journey into the world of The Walking Dead on TV. For the first time our rag-tag group of survivors have found a bit of utopia in the dystopic world they live in. They have found Alexandria- a beautiful community of elegant homes in manicured landscaping with electricity and hot water and food, safely tucked behind an ominous wall.
But as the strange “man of God” Gabriel says in last week’s episode “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light”. There is an evil lurking in this shiny world. The most dangerous form of evil is to deny its existence. The people of Alexandria are under the mistaken impression that the only evil is the walkers outside the protective walls of their community.
They don’t believe that there could be any evil among the survivors so they do not allow anyone to be armed within the walls of the community. They have rules and those that will not abide by the rules are exiled into the world of walkers outside the walls.
“The rules” do not allow for self-sacrifice or heroics to save and protect one another but there is a survival of the fittest creed that they appear to hold to. Relationships among the Alexandrites seem to be shallow and forced and for the most part they isolate into their shiny granite-countered, stainless steel homes.
But they forget “the evil that men do.” I wrote in a previous blog how the anarchic world of The Walking Dead appeals to the mostly millennial and Gen-X audience who want a world without a controlling government.
As the series shows over and over the real evil is the evil perpetrated by the human beings not the living dead. Anarchy cannot protect mankind from itself. The selfish nature of the people of Alexandria is shown in the refusal to protect Francine from the Walkers on the constructions site and Nicholas’ every man for himself attitude on supply runs. We are also privy to some physical abuse that is going on in Jessy and Dr. Pete’s home. The greatest evil is, that Deanna the leader of Alexandria refuses to take action against Dr. Pete because his surgical skills are needed by the community.
Could it be that another more horrible evil is being perpetrated outside the walls by humans as well? The naked woman tied to a tree to be fed on by walkers had to be the doings of the living not the walking dead.
It must be remembered that the Good Book says “No one is righteous— not even one. 11 No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. 12 All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.” 13 “Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.” “Snake venom drips from their lips.” 14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “They rush to commit murder. 16 Destruction and misery always follow them. 17 They don’t know where to find peace.” 18 “They have no fear of God at all.” Romans 3:10-18
This is true of mankind in the real world as much as the fictional world of “The Dead” even if Gabriel tears the pages out of the Bible.
This was a historic week. For the first time in U. S. History an American President refused to meet with the Prime Minister of Israel or even acknowledge his visit to the United States. Instead, without the consent or approval of the President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives invited him to speak to a joint session of Congress. This was scandalous. So scandalous that in protest and solidarity with the president, the vice president and approximately 60 Democrat members of Congress boycotted the event.
Historically the U. S. has been Israel’s strongest supporter and ally. Since World War II the U.S. has given over $121 billion in aid to Israel. There are political and philosophical reasons for this support, but the overriding factor is spiritual. Eighty three percent of Americans claim to be Christians. Because of the historic importance of Israel, specifically the Jewish roots of Christianity, the majority of Americans believe in supporting Israel.
Christians believe in the Bible. The Bible is the historical transcript of the History of the Jewish people and the development of the Jewish sect we now call Christianity, named for Jesus the Christ or Messiah, who was prophesied in the Torah or Old Testament of the Bible. Christians understand that the establishment and protection of the nation of Israel is critical to future prophesies concerning the return of Christ and the End of the World.
Christians also believe the pronouncement of God over Israel and the Jewish nation to the father of the nation, Abraham:
Genesis 12:3New Living Translation (NLT)3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
It seems that those who boycotted Mr. Netanyahu may have suffered a little bit of a curse based on this clip from “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” .
The main purpose of Bibi (Netanyahu)’s speech was to encourage America’s support in standing up to their biggest bully-Iran. He drew references of Israel’s past bullies the Nazi regime and the Pharaoh of Egypt. He reminded us that the price of Hitler’s regime was more than 60 million lives Jew and non-Jew as well. He warned that Israel’s current bully Iran could cost the annihilation of the world as we know it. In other words, what is good for Israel is good for the world.
He also reminded us that this time, unlike those other times in its history, Israel is a formidable force in the world that will stand alone if necessary.
As he spoke, I reflected on the prophesies of Israel as told by St. John in the book of Revelations. According to these prophesies Israel will stand alone against the armies of the world.
Revelation 20:9New Living Translation (NLT)
9 And I saw them as they went up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded God’s people and the beloved city. But fire from heaven came down on the attacking armies and consumed them.
America has lost many of God’s blessings as it turns further and further from the Christian nation it once was. Will the blessings turn to curses because of an administration that no longer supports Israel or will it continue to stand because it stands with Israel?
I blogged a few weeks back about how depressing the Oscar nominees were this year and how in the midst of wars and beheadings, protests and murders all over the world, Americans just want to escape. This is evidenced by the fact that the biggest money makers for Hollywood were all fantasy and sci-fi fare.
More than any other Oscar Award Ceremony in history, this year’s show was charged with the reality of the world situation despite what the American movie goers voted for with their hard earned American dollars.
The first dose of reality for me was the winner for best short documentary Crisis Hotline Veterans Press 1. This was a humbling moment for me because I had entitled my previous Blog on the Oscars “And The Winner Is…The Suicide Prevention Hotline” not knowing that this film was up for an Oscar. Making light of such a serious subject made me ashamed. The fact that I am a mother of a veteran who suffers emotional issues, made me horrified at my blunder.
The next reality check was the winner for Best Documentary, Citizenfour-the story of Edward Snowden and his revelations about the NSA. Seeing Glenn Greenwald holding an Oscar moved me to tears as, I reflected on how much was risked and the price that was paid to inform the American public about the immense breach of privacy that they suffered by the US government.
Laura Poitras, the Director said in her acceptance speech ,
“The disclosures that Edward Snowden reveals don’t only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself,” Poitras said in her acceptance speech. “When the most important decisions being made, affecting all of us, are made in secret, we lose our ability to check the powers that control. Thank you to Edward Snowden, for his courage, and for the many other whistleblowers. I share this with Glenn Greenwald and other journalists who are exposing truth.”
The glamour and glitz of the fantasy world of Hollywood was breached by the real world.
We were confronted by the suffering of those with ALS through the story of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, which won the Best Actor nod and those with Alzheimer’s Disease with the Best Actress win for Still Alice.
We wept during the powerful rendition of the song “Glory” with the realization that the fight for racial equality is not over. We were admonished to continue the fight for gender equality in the workforce by the Best Supporting Actress winner who portrayed the struggles of a single mom in Boyhood.
We were faced once again with the struggle against suicide in a cruel, ridiculing world because of The Imitation Game, which won best adapted screenplay.
It may have been the most political Oscar Award Ceremony in history, but it was also the most meaningful. The hope is that we as individuals will take these messages and do our part to continue the fight. Just maybe, then we can have the America of our dreams and not our nightmares.