– Abraham Lincoln
Now, I found “Valkyrie.” It was a fantastic movie regardless of its two 1/2 Stars rating. The very low score might be credited to Tom Cruise’s currently bruised (because of his faith or to get jumping on Oprah’s sofa) standing or lost political correctness (hypersensitivity to the historic treatment of Nazism) solarmovie. Beside Tom Cruise, the movie used a group of very great German celebrities – that seemed in Oliver Hirschbiegel’s “Der Untergang” (the very historically accurate WWII movie – overseas or national) and Spike Lee’s “Miracle at St. Anna” (according to African Americans’ underappreciated contribution to the Allied effort in WWII).
What is the right side? In the film, the right side is the political (feel free to substitute it with economic or religious as per current affairs) ideology maintaining or gaining power via might. The film’s latter theme is based on when the main characters were forced (by circumstance or compulsion) to choose between two masters. The film proved the Biblical adage – “You can’t serve two masters.”
Taken together, the two themes forced us to ask ourselves – do we sacrifice our soul for our body? Do we sacrifice our honor for instant gratification? Do we sacrifice the long term goals for the short term goals? Do we sacrifice our soul for the whole world? Do we sacrifice eternal Heavenly Paradise for a temporary earthly paradise? Like Peter, do we deny an intimate relationship with our Master for self preservation? Like Judas, do we betray our Master for nationalistic (including economic and religious) patriotism? Do we serve money or do we serve God? Do we worship Caesar or do we worship God? In spite of the economy and the interesting times (in Chinese, interesting times mean serious times or a time of calamity or tribulation) we are experiencing, do we sacrifice worshiping God in Spirit and in truth for conducting commerce with the Holy Temple’s money changers?
Again, what is the right side?
In Abraham Lincoln’s words – The right side is on God’s side because God is always right. Better yet, this author states that the right side is on God’s side – His Son’s side. Yeah, it is
best for us to be by His pierced side – left or right. After all, why do we celebrate Christmas?
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight…”