2013 featured two movies about the White House being under attack. Olympus Has Fallen featured Gerard Butler as a disgraced agent who finds himself seeking to protect POTUS (President of the United States). In White House Down, it’s Channing Tatum proving himself as a capable officer in protecting the President.
Each movie has a similar theme and plot. In one, it’s a North Korean terrorist group that attacks the White House and successfully captures the facility. In the other, it’s a paramilitary group that seizes control. In both, the plot revolves around destroying the greatest nation on the planet by destroying the leader and the government of that nation. Each group has its own agenda, but the plot is essentially the same.
As one website puts it, they are the same movie.
While movies like this are (hopefully) filled with intense action and suspense, it’s the underlying theme that strikes directly into the heart of most Americans. “No one attacks us and gets away with it.” We don’t accept this kind of treatment. Not in the movies…not in reality.
Post 9-11 should have taught us all that lesson. In a matter of hours, attacks were ready to go. Within weeks and months, targets had been acquired and destroyed. In the end, those who were considered the leaders of such insanity were intentionally taken out of the picture.
Admittedly there are multiple opinions about all of this. Should we act in this vengeful way? Is this vengeance or justice? Do we have the right to retaliate? Should we have anticipated the action against us and attacked first?
None of which is currently under discussion. What these movies and the reality of 9-11 shows us is that you can’t mock a powerful nation and get away with it. You shouldn’t even try.
Text: Micah 7:8-13
Listening to the Text
These questions are specifically designed to help you look at the text more carefully.
- Israel’s enemies should not gloat, since God will extend forgiveness to Israel, even though she sinned. Underline the images that indicate God’s gracious actions.
- What do the “from…to” statements indicate about how God will treat Israel?
- What causes desolation?
Applying What We’ve Heard
These questions are to help you see how the text applies to you and others.
- How does it make you feel, when according to verse 9, God is the one who pleads the sinner’s cause?
- How does the promise of God’s expanding Israel’s boundaries encourage you today?
Holy Spirit, these words you have spoken are so encouraging. Often all we can see is our sinfulness and that leaves us in despair. Yet you remind us that the Father is the One who speaks for us. He provides us with grace and mercy. Even as Israel lived in the hope that one day she would be back to her once glorious stature, we live believing that you, Father, will give us an abundant life, full of grace and mercy. We are grateful for your constant care, made so incredibly clear in Jesus. And, Jesus, thank you for making our relationship with the Father and Spirit possible. Amen.
Listening to Jesus
Read: Matthew 27:32-44.
As you read, knowing the end of the story, you almost feel sorry for the mockers. They don’t know any better than to insult Jesus. But they still shouldn’t do it. He will return from the dead. Fortunately for them, He doesn’t exact vengeance. He actually loves His mockers.
Responding in Life
- Have coffee with someone and discuss the connection of Micah 7 and Matthew 27.