Dr. Suess wrote a number of children stories. They are well known. One of his stories was made into a recent movie, “Horton Hears a Who.” It may still be playing in theaters or being rented in video stores.
I was shopping at the local Sam’s Club store and saw a movie, “Horton Hears a Who,” which I recently heard Lou Engle refer to this movie in a talk. I guess I thought I was buying the recent Jim Carrey movie, but it turned out to be a 1970’s made-for-TV movie, 26 minutes in length. It was the original movie telling this Dr. Suess’ “Horton Hears a Who” story. In checking on Amazon.com, the remake or 2008 version will be available in early December.
I did not see the 2008 version, but it is apparently based on the same Dr. Suess’s book. It runs 147 minutes, so I wonder how much more can be said than in the 1970 version.
What I found interesting was that probably unbeknownst to, Dr. Suess, or Theodor Seuss Geisel when he originally penned the children’s tale in the 1950s was that it is an illustration of the battle for life. Abortion was still very much illegal when the book was written.
Horton, was an elephant and the story’s main character. He was shown to be a shy, caring beast that protected the unseen little people, the Who. The adversaries included a kangaroo and a group of monkeys. They worked hard at making it difficult for Horton to protect the invisible Who people. You could draw a parallel between these key characters and the true Christians of the world, described as the Church, the innocent victims of abortion, the unwanted, unseen babies, and the activist judiciary, and their allies.
One way to interpret “Horton Hears the Who” is to consider Horton as symbolizing the Church. The Who are the pre-born babies in their mothers’ wombs. The mean spirited, hateful, ignorant kangaroo symbolizes the courts or judges, who unconstitutionally make rules and laws from the bench instead of interpreting and enforcing the peoples or Congressional legislation. The monkeys are the allies of the kangaroo and represent those people and groups committed to the false belief of evolution, which is so fundamental to the anti-God secular humanistic philosophy that so dominates the academic, media and entertainment elite in our society.
You can see definite parallels and analogies to the current crisis of life and death facing America since 1973.
When you stop and think of all the potential good many of the aborted babies could have provided and contributed to America these past thirty-five years – preachers, doctors, nurses, scientists, farmers, teachers, fireman, even attorneys and politicians, etc. it is staggering. Some of the results or cost to humanity of abortions are cures for diseases left undiscovered, insufficient workers in all industries permitting illegal aliens to fill some jobs,, scientific discoveries unmade, books that were never written, etc.
Frankly, we are less well off, no, we are worse off because we have allowed this atrocious and mass holocaust in America to continue for 35 years. Supreme Court Judge Anton Scalia once asked referring the gross injustice of abortion, “Where is the moral outrage?" Indeed, where is the moral outcry especially of the Church? We have allowed the United States to be polluted by the wholesale shedding of innocent blood. What America deserves is the judgment of God for this atrocity.
The monkeys represent all the forces so dependent on the evolution lie to justify their immoral behavior and policies, including abortion. Evolution or Darwinism gives a basis for treating life as anything but sacred. The ultimate result of the false evolution theory is that taking a life does not really matter.
Horton could have remained silent, fearful and intimidated by the mean monkeys in the jungle - the enemies of life as exemplified by the American Civil Rights Union (ACLU), the feminist National Organization of Women (NOW), the murder-for-a-fee Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), the Marxist-inspired National Education Association (NEA), the extreme left-leaning Democratic Party, the liberal, ungodly churches like the United Church of Christ (of which Senator Barack Hussein Obama and his family were so long faithful members) and anti-God academia, media and the entertainment industries among an array, an army of pro-death proponents.
Well, like Horton, the Church universal and the individual true believers in Jesus Christ, must wake up and recognize, speak-up for, and do all they can to protect the unseen Who, the innocent babies. So far nearly 50 million, dictatorial Mao-like volumes of baby human beings have been annihilated. The Church must wake up and strengthen the things that remain. The kangaroo and the monkeys are the "gates of hell" that Jesus referred to in the Bible. Chapter 16 in the book of Matthew contains this passage, "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
One could consider the kangaroo in the movie as being the Supreme Court Justices and the baby kangaroo representing the lower courts. America has come under the tyranny of the courts. The Founders of America dealt with the tyranny of King George. We now must deal with the tyranny of activist courts that suppresses the people.
The courts have defined a new morality. They have unconstitutionally tried to legislate a new morality, which is actually the old immorality. Roe v. Wade to sanction murder. Lawrence v. Texas tries to reverse God’s law regarding homosexual behavior, declaring it to be no longer vile, immoral, unnatural, unhealthy and illegal. The Kelo decision permitted the unlawful acquisition of private property for the overall good of the commune. These sweeping, culture destroying decisions all of them are absolutely unconstitutional and are reprehensible.
In the end, the Who are saved thanks to the tenacity and perseverance of the saintly Horton. He overcomes vast and strong enemies. He seems to fighting the battle alone, but facilitates final victory – the recognition that the Who are people, too. Like Horton, the Church or the Body of Christ on earth, and conservative and value voters must engage in the world, we must become active and involved. We must listen to the cries of the innocents and push back the advancement of evil.
In the same state that hosted the deplorable Democratic National Convention, there is a ballot issue that Horton himself would support and the living Church should vehemently support. It is the Personhood Amendment. For the first time in America a state would declare what is fact, that life, a person, a who, begins at conception. That no matter how small a person may be, even if not visible – like babies in their mothers’ wombs – they are still a living, human being . . .
Passing the Personhood Amendment in Colorado and passing the Marriage Protection amendment in California, Arizona and in Florida this November would be a good start at turning this nation around. Like Horton, Church and conservatives need to wake up and listen to the Who, and the what is happening to the Who.
According to my friend and fellow-blogger, Sam, God's reaction to America's violation of His commands, most notably, legalizing murderous abortion and accepting and legalizing immoral homosexual behavior is judgment. 9/11 was a judgment of God on America. The change in weather patterns that produce such catastrophes as Katrina, out of control wildfires and floods are all part of God's judgment. Loss of national sovereignty through such things as the insidious North American Union, and entering into treaties such as the Law of the Sea and Kyoto are also part of the judgment of God. The primary purpose of these judgments is God's desire to see America repent from her evil waywardness.
There is also a cup of wrath that is being filled by our wanton and arrogant disregard of and refusal to follow Biblical principles and precepts. Please note when this cup is filled, the wrath of God will be poured out on our nation.
America’s failure, corporately and individually, to repent even in the face of judgment will surely lead to our ultimate demise as a nation. It seems that we are rapidly moving toward the eve of destruction.
So the next time you watch or read any version of this famous Dr. Suess book, think about it as being a metaphor or an allegory for life. It is a story for the ages and a story for all ages.
The abortion issue is one of the two greatest issues that America faces going into the November elections. Many would have us try to compromise on that issue. It is one issue where there cannot be compromise. It is a matter of life and death for the baby and for the mother. Additional meaning could be garnered from the movie if you consider it to be an allegory for life.
In my estimation this simple movie rates a ***** out of ***** for the powerful lesson that it lends itself to tell. One lesson is that perseverance in the midst of difficulties is an admirable characteristic. Another lesson is on the importance of listening even if no one else can or chooses to hear. The lesson of the importance of life and the fact that "a person is a person, no matter how small" is the ultimate lesson.
The movie is an excellent film for the whole family to enjoy. If the Jim Carrey version sticks to the basic story, it too should be best buy or rent . . .