orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

March 16, 2013

Fear

John Warren
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — I am excited The History Channel is airing the series on The Bible.

I have heard criticisms and praises. Some say they have taken too many liberties, presenting the story in ways that do not seem true to what is written. Even with Rev. Osteen as “Bible scholar” it is still Hollywood.

When you transform mediums, put written word to film it will change the story. If we are not going to portray the Bible in it’s entirety it is impossible to do so accurately. Give me the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. No one in Hollywood is going to portray the story that way; they are swayed by fears of popularity and political correctness.

One portion of the series spotlights the pitfalls of jealousy and lying. Through the camera you could see the complex relationship of Abraham and Sarah. You could see Sarah’s jealousy of Ishmael which sets us on the long road of Christian-Muslim animosity. Whether our falsehoods are driven by ambition or animosity if we peel back the rind of our animosities and ambitions we will find what is at the core is fear. These two people who sought to follow God but were deeply flawed. These stories teach us that the following and the flaws are not mutually exclusive. One glaring flaw was their willingness to play fast and loose with the truth. When famine caused Abraham (Abram) to live in Egypt, he feared the Egyptians would be so taken by Sarai’s (Sarah’s) beauty that he would be killed. So he planned a deception.

“Say that you are my sister.”

Later they repeated the lie. When Sarah overhears visitors say God will give her a baby in a year; she laughs.

When God asks, “Why did you laugh?”

Sarah was afraid, so she lied and answered, “I did not laugh.”

A fear driven lie.

What fears drive our deceptions?  When our false witness is a misrepresentation of who we are, we may be driven by a fear of not measuring up. When our false witness is aimed at someone else we may feel threatened, fearful someone else will receive the approval we long for. We fear the wrong things. We fear other people and events that are beyond our control. The Bible urges us to fear the Lord. Those that fear the Lord won’t need to fear anything else. Those who do not fear the Lord will fear everything else.