A metaphor is “representative or symbolic of something else, especially something abstract.” Life illustrates theology.
To the luckless journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, it can hardly be called abstract – it is the reality of a lost head, but symbolically it tells the tale of a dangerous, demonically inspired political system that plans to behead all those nations which disagree with its evil theology. It is a planetary warning to especially Americans, as the keeper of the international purse strings, but also China and all Europe down to tiny little Belize. Even Australia, which has some hope of being isolated, is on guard, full tilt.
These barbarians will tolerate nothing less than full cooperation of every nation, every leader, and more importantly every kind of money in every pocket, a hell on earth.
Shrouded in dark flowing robes (another metaphor) that cover the face and thus every intention as well the dark hidden truth say they cannot “face” us. They want your head – the head of your family, the head of your government. Their mind is now your mind. People are things. “We slice infants in half. Obey or die.” What is there to understand here?
The United States already has a headless leader, President Obama, who thinks that to deny reality will make it go away. He has been reading too much Alice in Wonderland, like the half visible grinning cat in a tree, uninvolved. The Islamic State, he says, is not Islamic which ironically they put it in their name. This is another version of asking what “ISIS is.” Really?
Furthermore, the president calls it ISIL which is a much larger territory than ISIS. ISIL encompasses parts of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and a place called Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.
Air strikes can win the day, he says, while 31,000 ISIS soldiers wonder how a drone can do all that – since they can just run like so many roaches to another Islamic hideout and wait for the drones to drone on by. And he says, ISIS is not Islamic. What is it – Methodist? Send in the clowns.
Oh, don’t bother they’re here.
The head that has fallen to the ground is all religions but Islam. If it were not so, wouldn’t Islamic nations such a Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and all countries ending in -Stan, come against this scheming cabal? But instead they let American guns and money fight their intra-Islamic battles. How convenient.
As we settle their quarrels we elevate Saudi Arabia to take over the Islamic world domination program while hardly lifting a pinky finger. If we let them play this game we are as headless as our Leader-From-Behind.
Beheading tells us who they are and what their plans are. The head is no longer our God but theirs – Allah, an ancient god of war, celebrates death. Our Western God is for life. It is also a metaphor for what has happened to the America news media. They lost their head years ago and now are scurrying around looking for the lost stories of the past 7 years.
Deut 30:19 I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
We are in the valley of decision. Israel has made its decision. They said- we didn’t fight in Germany to the death, but we will now.
What will we decide?