CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, the SOMALI PIRATES and GUN CONTROL
Columbia Pictures' presentation of the hijacking of the US Container ship MV Maersk Alabama, in April 2009, is a well-made, riveting and intense film. However, the issues that it raises are deeply disconcerting.
Defenceless and Vulnerable
The fact that a massive, multi-billion dollar, 17,000 tonne, 155 metre long, container ship, was hijacked by four skinny Somalian pirates with AK-47's is outrageous. Despite hundreds of hijackings by Somalian pirates having already taken place before that date, this extremely large and valuable container ship was effectively defenceless before four pirates in a small speedboat with small arms. The sight of the crew reduced to using fire hoses and hand held flares to attempt to protect a leviathan of a ship from a handful of pirates in a small speedboat was ludicrous.
Mass Marketing the Mandela Myth
The new Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom film presents a selection and distortion of the history of South Africa and Nelson Mandela as
the secular humanists of the New World Order would like us to percieve it. The film rushes through the life and times of Nelson Mandela, completely ignoring the Cold War context and threat of Soviet communism on the borders of South Africa at that time. It glosses over the murders and massacres of the Marxists and presents scenes that stereotype whites as racist and blacks as noble revolutionaries only seeking for justice.
Producer Anant Singh is recognised as South Africa's preeminent anti-apartheid film producer. Previous productions of Singh include: Place of Weeping, Sarafina!, Red Dust and Cry, the Beloved Country. Heavily funded by the South African ANC government and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, this £22 million authorised biopic presents a selection of incidents from the history of South Africa and the life of Nelson Mandela that will go a long way towards further marketing the Mandela myth.
Mission to Sudan
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it." Proverbs 3:5-6, 27
We have been in the field for 5 months and are now in our 6th month of ministry on this Africa Overland Mission. We have completed our ministry in South Sudan. We have travelled more than 20,000km and have had many great opportunities to minister to soldiers who protect South Sudan's northern borders, train and equip army chaplains, and conduct seminars with pastors, Evangelists, and lay leaders. We have conducted a total of 335 services, outreaches and other meetings so far, of which 150 were in South Sudan.
The Myth of Neutrality
"He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me, scatters abroad" Matthew 12:30
War Against God
We are involved in a world war of worldviews, a clash of civilisations. There is a systematic war being waged against Christian standards and our Christian heritage. Education has become a battleground. Entertainment and the news media are battlefields in this cultural war. This battle for the heart and battle for the mind involves far more than religious freedom and freedom of conscience. The future of Christian civilisation itself is at stake. Ultimately this is a war against God.
The Idolatry of Compromise
Yet we live in an age of compromise and tolerance of evil where neutrality has been deified and lifted up as an idol. Some recent bizarre examples of why we need Reformation today include: St. Georges Cathedral, the premier church building in central Cape Town, advertised for Reformation Sunday - an interfaith service! This service included readings from the Qur'an and prayers by a Muslim Imam and a Jewish rabbi.
Sudan Closes Schools, Confiscates Property & Expels Foreign Christians
Expatriates working in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, have been harassed, threatened and interrogated. Independent schools have been targeted for Islamisation. Schools that have failed to strictly segregate boys and girls, and provide Islamic Studies, to the satisfaction of the State, have been closed down.
"You have no rights!"
The National Intelligence Security Sudan (NISS) have been calling in expatriates, and anyone connected with them, for interrogation. NISS agents have burst into homes of foreigners in