Are We Property of the State or Free Souls Under God?

Hollywood types just spent $40,000 a plate to meet and greet President Obama to help him with his re-election. The soiree was hosted by George Clooney. The majority of Hollywood types push a lawless agenda. They are involved in overturning the moral fabric of society in the name of “freedom.” Lawlessness in one area leads to lawlessness in all areas. Once the State is given the authority and power to overturn laws at the personal level, there is no stopping the State from overturning laws in every area.

Not everything that has come out of Hollywood has been bad even when those acting and directing lived sordid lives. Movie moguls of the past understood that their work had a moral component. This is why there are some moral movie gems among the dung. Consider the following from Cecil B. DeMille (1881–1959), American film director and Academy Award-winning film producer in both silent and sound films:

“Ladies and Gentlemen, young and old. This may seem an unusual procedure, speaking to you before the picture begins, but we have an unusual subject: the birth of freedom. The story of Moses.”

Those who watch The Ten Commandments (1956) on television never get to see DeMille appear on stage before the film begins. It’s almost never shown. You can only see it on the DVD version.

DeMille considered the topic of freedom under God’s law to be the movie’s most important message. In his rare on-screen appearance, he explained his reason for producing The Ten Commandments:

The theme of this picture is whether men ought to be ruled by God’s laws or whether they are to be ruled by the whims of a dictator like Rameses. Are men the property of the State or are they free souls under God? This same battle continues throughout the world today.

The official souvenir book produced at the time the movie was released expressed DeMille’s understanding of the importance of God’s revealed law: “The Ten Commandments are not rules to obey as a personal favor to God. They are fundamental principles without which mankind cannot live together. . . . THE TEN COMMANDMENTS are not laws. They are THE LAW. Man has made 32,000,000 laws since they were handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai more than three thousand years ago, but he has never improved on God’s law.”

In DeMille’s autobiography, he sets forth the underlying worldview of the film:

“The modern story is of two brothers, one of whom keeps the Commandments while the other breaks them all and is in the end himself broken by his defiance of the Law. Retribution comes upon him not as a vengeful visitation of an arbitrary God: rather it grows inevitably out of his own acts, for the moral law is as much a part of the structure of the universe as the law of gravity.”1

  1. Cecil B. DeMille, The Autobiography of Cecil B. DeMille, ed. Donald Hayne (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1959), 251. []