June 2019


Chariots of Fire

Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. [2 Kings 2:11]

 

Hard to believe that the same industry that voted Chariots of Fireas Best Picture in 1982 now diminishes, even dishonors, the value of faith-based activities in mainstream studio productions. For those who have yet to view the award-winning movie, the lead athlete in Chariots of Firewas “The Flying Scotsman” Eric Liddell, who chose not to compete in the Olympic finals due to his walk of faith. You see, this event was held on the Sabbath and Liddell’s faith prevented him from running for the gold on that day. Also featured in those games was Harold Abrahams, a Jewish sprinter who overcame hurdles, both literally and figuratively, to capture the gold in the 100 meters - becoming the world’s fastest man. 

 

This heart-touching movie, based on true events at the 1924 Paris Olympics, so moved the members of the Motion Picture Academy that it was voted to win the Oscar, supplanting the anticipated champion “Reds,” written and directed by Warren Beatty, who co-starred with Dianne Keaton. That film painted an uncharacteristically favorable view of Russian politics amid the previously unpopular struggle for the principles of communism.

 

Times have changed. No longer does mainstream Hollywood portray Christians in such a positive light. And our nation’s hard lean to the left touts socialism as an acceptable choice despite its ideological proximity to communism. Claims of Russian collusion are repeatedly attached to our current administration. Stereo typical characters and presupposition of political motives have become all-too-familiar themes in modern film and media rhetoric.

 

But our biblical worldview needs to be unshaken. We must resist the temptation to drift further from the Lord’s vision for His loved ones in America. The Spirit of America warns us to forsake the temptation to embrace the socially conscious. This is placing the Kingdom of God at loggerheads with modern cultural profiling. A battle of wills has begun and the righteous mantle passed by Elijah to Elisha can no longer be granted without a high price to be paid for our nation’s disobedience.

 

Yeshua didn’t come as the firstfruits of righteousness to satisfy Hollywood’s insatiable appetite for dark themes. Yeshua came, died, and like Elijah, was taken up to demonstrate that the Kingdom of Light has, does, and always will trump the powers of darkness.

First Fruits First

First Fruits First is a monthly devotional newsletter intended to encourage the believer. The principle of First Fruits traces back to the Hebrew Scriptures where the people of God offered back to Him the first portion of what was earned, received or produced in grateful acknowledgement of His provision.


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