Does any passage from the Bible well describe the times in which we live? I think Isaiah 3:1-12 does. Isaiah 3:4-5 summarize the passage.
Isaiah 3:4-5 Good News Translation (GNT)
4 The Lord will let the people be governed by immature boys. 5 Everyone will take advantage of everyone else. Young people will not respect their elders, and worthless people will not respect their superiors.
Think about the people who lead us. Are they serious about serving the people or serving their own self interest?
Consider we the people. Is everyone taking advantage of everyone else? Are not our leaders just like everyone else?
Anyone can pick an example their own, but here is something that is currently getting lots of coverage in the corporate news media. That’s the hacking into Sony’s computer systems. The hackers want to stop the showing of The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. USA Today has the timeline here.
The BBC has the current details. After President Obama criticized Sony for not releasing the film, Sony responded.
Responding to the US president’s comments, Sony Pictures chief executive and chairman Michael Lynton said the studio had not made an error in cancelling the release.
The US president said Sony made a mistake in not releasing its film “We have not given in, we have persevered,” he told CNN.
A Sony statement said the decision had been based on “the majority of the nation’s theatre owners choosing not to screen the film”.
“Without theatres, we could not release it in the theatres on Christmas Day. We had no choice,” the statement added.
“It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so.” (from here)
So how does this episode indicate the immaturity of our leadership?
- Sony Corp. has responded with the courage expected from children. Did Sony change its mind about releasing the film in response to terrorist threats? Did it change its mind again in response to public pressure? Or is this large media organization simply unable to properly express itself in a press release?
- As Lessons from the Sony hack (www.washingtontimes.com) attack by John Lenczowski indicates, the attack on Sony is part of a pattern. What may surprise some about the Sony attack is the sheer brazenness of it. Yet this problem was predicable. The more involved our government gets in providing social goods and services, the less our leaders care about the job they are suppose to be doing, ensuring the security of our people in their God-given rights. Hence, our Internet systems tend to be far less secure than they could be.
- Because our leaders lack firm resolve, they may actually be encouraging North Korea’s crazy behavior. Check out Here’s the real reason North Korea hacked Sony. It has nothing to do with The Interview (www.vox.com).
On the other hand, the content of The Interview indicates something about us. As We Saw ‘The Interview’ Weeks Ago, And It’s Clear Why North Korea Hates It (www.businessinsider.com) indicates, at best The Interview is a movie for giddy, immature boys. Of course, now the movie is supposedly required viewing: Why North Korea’s Sony hack made ‘The Interview’ required viewing (www.engadget.com). If this kind of stupid stuff is all it takes to get us to watch a bad movie, we can’t blame Dear Leader Kim Jong Un.