Oil, Corruption, and God With Us

The film Killers of the Flower Moon is about the appalling murders of members of the Osage nation for their land which, though initially undesirable, is now clearly rich with oil. When Earnest arrives in Osage to live with his uncle, William ‘King’ Hale, King constantly claims to be friend of the Osage families. Yet he also suggests that Earnest become a driver for Molly, a member of an indigenous, wealthy family of four sisters who own land. One by one the sisters begin to die, and Molly grows increasingly ill. And all is not as it seems. Is King really such a ‘friend’? He claims to be and yet his actions say otherwise. This is a dark story of twisted greed, corruption and killing.
Recently I was watching the Bible Project’s video about the overall story of the Bible – you can watch it here – The Story of the Bible – in which they describe what goes wrong when we decide what is good and evil without looking to God. In Isaiah chapter 20 verse 5 the prophet tells us this – ‘Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good is evil; that dark is light and light is dark; that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.’ This movie highlights the darkness that falls when humans decide for themselves what is acceptable behaviour.
On the plus side we will soon be celebrating Christmas, the time when God was birthed on this planet, full of grace and truth, coming to us in such a way that he would always be Emanuel – God with us. Now. Here. Right now. In this moment, and this moment, and this moment, and this moment, and this moment, and this moment… (I could go on.) And being full of grace and truth he is able to guide us and help us through the confusion and the darkness and the bad decisions which we and others make. To quote a couple of verses from psalm 16 in The Message version: ‘I say to God, “Be my Lord!” without you nothing makes sense…. My choice is you God, first and only. And now I find I’m your choice!’

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