Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis star in the 2012 comedy the Candidate. From a comedy perspective, this is one of my least favorite Ferrell film. The plot involves two North Carolinians vying for a seat in Congress. Each opponent stoops to new lows, doing whatever it takes to win. Backed by millionaires who seek to turn this district into the epi center for a Chinese based factory, Zach Galifianakis‘ character takes a substantial lead in the polls. As election day approaches, the underdog who is now the favorite refuses to sell his district to the Chinese.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever, 1 John 2:15-17.
This decision results in losing the backing of his donors. Despite being a comedy movie, this scene could have been a real life example of headlines on a cable news networks. Before leaving the home of these donors, Zach Galifianakis‘ eyes are opened to the way of the world. Money controls politics; if you follow the money, you will see the motives behind financial contributions. In the real world, billionaires like George Soros annually creates, donates and supports the backings of groups that will further his political agenda. From an integrity perspective, there aren’t many politicians left who can’t be bought. Unfortunately, those holding out for the truth are often attacked, criticized or demonized.
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God, James 4:4.
The earthly brother of Jesus, one of Mary’s other sons, makes a strong statement about the way of the world. Apparently, you can’t be a friend of God and the world at the same time. James compares playing both sides of the fence to adultery. A decision to befriend the world is considered a hostile act. The apostle Paul clarifies this concept in Romans 8:5-8. When minds become set on the sinful nature, it’s impossible to please God. Therefore, the next time you find yourself on the verge tasting temporary pleasures, Turkish delight, flee before you are bewitched by the world.
by Jay Mankus