Friday, October 07, 2016
In Torchbearer, Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson makes a convincing argument on the absurdity of life without God. He begins the hour long documentary by narrating the story of creation, defining God as the “Creator of all things” and human beings as “image-bearers of God.” After the fall of our first parents, death entered into human history, which resulted in loneliness, depression, betrayal, hatred, and war. It was no longer God who determined man’s worth in this world, but “the man with the biggest stick.”
From there, Robertson takes us on a journey throughout history of various world events in which man tried to live without God and the appalling, morally decadent results. He begins with the world-famous Scopes Trial -- the State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes – an American legal case in 1925 in which a substitute high school teacher, John Scopes, was accused of violating Tennessee's Butler Act, which had made it illegal to teach human evolution in any state-funded school. The trial was staged by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Scopes was uncertain whether he had ever actually taught evolution, but he purposely implicated himself so that the case could have a defendant. The ACLU asked Scopes to admit to teaching the theory of evolution to pit science and religion against one another, when in reality no opposition existed between the two. During this trial, defense Attorney Clarence Darrow, an atheist, called William Jennings Bryan, counsel for the prosecution, to the stand as a witness in an effort to demonstrate the belief that the Bible was absurd, while journalist H. L. Mencken called Christians “morons” and “ignoramuses.” It’s no coincidence that many of our government leaders and our mainstream media do the same thing today. Evil and deception in our atheistic and relativistic world continue to be alive and well.
Other stops on the tour include: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Plymouth Rock, and France during the French Revolution. We see film footage of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the "Father of the Atomic Bomb", and learn about Friedrich Nietzsche's ideas of a “master race” and atheism. Robertson then takes us on a live tour of Auschwitz, where the Nazis murdered ten thousand people per day. He moves on to Normandy, France for D-Day on June 6, 1944, and then travels to Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 for the race riots and the bombing of a Baptist Church by the Ku Klux Klan, where three little girls are killed. He moves to the present day genocide– the brutal persecution of Christians by ISIS.
Throughout all his travels, Robertson demonstrates that without God, life makes no sense. When people make pleasure their god, they end up feeling empty and lost, and turn to war. The world becomes self-absorbed and self-destructive. In the absence of God, man becomes the sole determiner of human worth and it is always “the man with the biggest stick who rules.”
Religious freedom, human dignity, and the sanctity of human life are all prominent themes in this great film. Robertson is a true evangelist and sharer of the Good News in this impressive film. Torchbearer is a must-see movie. It opens in selected theaters on October 7. See http://torchbearermovie.com/ to learn more.