The Dark Knight.
If you haven’t seen it, you should. If you haven’t heard of it, you need to climb out from whatever rock you’re living under.
Every so often a movie comes along that is more than a “movie” or an “event”. It’s prophetic. I believe that when God can’t get His Word out through His People, He will use whatever avenues He can.
The Dark Knight is one of those Words.
On the surface, this movie is a fantastic superhero tale: One man’s personal crusade against the wrongs that plague his world. Like Superman, but with angst (and somewhat better writers).
Below the surface, however, is a striking commentary on events that have been playing on the world stage for more than 50 years.
Bruce Wayne/Batman is Israel: A singular force, surrounded by sycophants and phonies who tell him how wonderful he is to his face while scheming behind his back. But he tolerates them, even welcomes them, hoping beyond hope that they prove themselves better than they appear. He is longsuffering, and slow to anger, but unstoppable when provoked to action.
Harvey “Two-Face” Dent is the world–or more specifically, the U.N.–who publicly supports justice, truth, and the sovereign right of self-defense, but only as long as it’s on their terms. This support and approval lasts only until Batman has to make the ultimate choice of who lives and who dies. And because no one else would make the hard choice, Batman is made the villain to appease the “righteous anger” of those who allowed things to go down the tubes.
The Joker is Hamas, and those like them, who have no true goal other than simple and wanton destruction. It’s amazing the damage you can do to a civilized society with a few bullets and some gasoline. He is the true threat that no one wishes to acknowledge; that everyone agrees is dangerous but no one will confront. Until Batman–who can make the hard choices that others can’t.
And Batman is reviled for his heroics. Damned for saving lives. Condemned for making the hard choices that no one else was willing to make. Hated for making the world safer.
Some men just want to watch the world burn. And there are few who will stand up to them.
I support Israel. They make the hard choices every day. With prayer, perhaps one day soon the world will unite against those with hate in their hearts, and we will have peace.