Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ship of Fools

In my last blog I made a passing reference to the old 1970’s disaster flick “The Poseidon Adventure”.  For those of you who perhaps weren’t even born in the 1970’s, this movie featured Ernest Borgnine in an adventure film in which a wave flips the huge cruise ship upside down.  Just the other day, an updated version of the movie was playing on TV, so I guess this reference is timely.  In both movie versions, the main characters have to work their way out of the ship by going BACKWARDS and looking UPWARDS.  Their ability to do this eventually results in a small remnant finding the light of day and freedom. 

There is actually a complete Wikipedia description of the original movie which reminded me of several important facts I had previously forgotten since I was only 12 years old when this movie first came out.  The movie poster dramatically states:
“HELL UPSIDE DOWN—On Midnight New Year’s Eve, the USS Poseidon was struck by a 90 foot tidal wave and capsized.  Who will survive?”

Even more interesting, the aging ship was taking its “final voyage” from New York City to Greece on its way to the ship scrapyard.  When the tsunami hits, seawater floods the interior compartments as terrorized passengers scramble for cover.  A rebellious pastor, in the throes of losing his faith, attempts to lead a small group of passengers to safety.  Here’s some exact wording from Wikipedia:
"Reverend Frank Scott, played by Gene Hackman, comes onboard the ship to deliver sermons to the Poseidon's passengers, encouraging them not to pray to God to solve their problems. Rather, pray to the part of God within them."

WOW..So much obvious rich symbolism for our country here I don’t know where to start.  Here’s my interpretation:

The United States, an aging, formerly glorious republic, now treacherously headed down a path to Greece and ultimately to the junkyard of history.  We are bracing for the “fiscal cliff” and “layoff tsunami” that has already begun in the news.  The Democratic Party has encouraged us not to seek for God to solve our problems.  In fact, they’ve ditched God in every way imaginable. 

In 2008, Obama stated eerily: 
“We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Just like Reverend Scott in the movie—he thinks WE are God.  This is the ultimate Human Secularist position.  Needless to say, those people didn’t make it out alive.

“The Morning After” is the title of the movie theme song and it was sung at the cruise’s New Years Eve Party when the wave struck.  Similar to the prophet Jonah’s warning, America is about to be “overturned.”  America starts a new year on 1/1/2013.  The party will be over—the doozy of a hangover is about to begin.    

We are now heading “FORWARD” under Obama’s Socialist-Marxist policies in a frightful way.  If you want to enlighten yourself—go back (pardon the pun—I know this is serious) and read my July 20th, 2012 blog.  It is somewhat painful to re-read, in light of recent events—so be forewarned: 

Entitled:  “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

So now John Kerry, the uber-liberal, United Nations embracing Senator, is (at the time of this writing) being considered for SECRETARY OF DEFENSE!  Obama is knowingly putting the Fox in charge of the Chicken Coop.  We are in deep, deep trouble America—there is no longer time to mince words. 

A depiction of “Ship of Fools” can be found in both Western Literature and Art.  It references oblivious passengers, without a Pilot, heading towards assured destruction.  These portrayals generally show everyone having a grand old time, completely clueless as to the annihilation that awaits them just up ahead.  Like the USS Poseidon, America is in the path of a coming tsunami.  Similar to the Titanic, we hit the iceberg on November 6th.  For the present, everything momentarily seems “normal”.  The band is still playing on deck.   

Just YESTERDAY, Obama gave a press conference speech and said:

“And if there’s one thing that I’m pretty confident about is the American people understood what they were getting when they gave me this incredible privilege of being in office for another four years.  They want compromise.
~Barack Obama, November 14th, 2012

How strange and wickedly creepy that statement is.  It almost seems like the precursor to sentencing in a court of law.  Let me spell it out for the clueless hordes who just voted Obama back into the office:  He just threw you under the bus in front of Almighty God.  The Accuser…You KNEW EXACTLY WHAT YOU WERE GETTING!  You wanted to compromise God’s word.  Loud and clear.  GUILTY AS CHARGED.  All that’s left is the bang of the gavel from the Supreme Judge.

It was reported in 1912, that one of the operators of the Titanic, with great hubris, reputedly claimed:

“God Himself could not sink this ship.”

It’s a good metaphor for the U.S.  Today, we think we arrogantly know better than God.  That we can excise Him from our government and personal lives, literally and figuratively, yet blissfully continue to sail along on peaceful seas.    

The word Repentance in the Bible is mentioned 21 times by the Hebrew words Nachum or Shuv.  The Hebrew word Shuv means to return or go back.  Interestingly, there are TWENTY ONE judgments in Revelation.  TWENTY ONE times that God is trying to get our attention saying…Go Back, Repent.

In the Greek, the word for Repentance is Metanoia. Meta (after) noia (thinking/observing).  Put together, it literally means AFTER THINKING about and OBSERVING your surroundings GO BACK! 

America, In the name of Almighty God, if there is even still time…

Ahead we plow
Into the darkening night
Can’t see the bow
How then the search
With only starlight?...
~Lyrics from “Autumn”
(Last song believed to have been played on the Titanic before it sunk)

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
~Psalm 40:2


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