Paul Wylie and the Greatest Freeskate of All Time (Deuteronomy 19-20)

I don’t really see the difference between the Israelites and pirates. God wants them to attack other tribes, kill all the men, ransack their villages and take all their stuff. This sort of behaviour is especially okay when dealing with: Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perezzites, Hivites and Jebusites. Oh, and the Chinese.

It’s easy to get a little nervous when approaching battle, knowing that there is a distinct possibility that you might have a sword pushed through your belly and come out the other side of you. So God has a canned pep talk that his people can draw upon in times like these. He says, “Hear, O Israel, you draw near this day of battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint; do not fear or tremble, or be in dread of them; for the Lord your God is he that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory” (Deu 20:2-4). This is way too dry. Not inspiring at all. God obviously hasn’t seen the Kenneth Branagh version of Henry V. Oh, man. That speech he gives is so good:

Did you see a young Christian Bale?

I feel like I’ve mentioned this speech before. It figured prominently in my childhood. Plus, I’ve always had a lady boner for Kenneth Branagh. What gave me a double lady boner was when Paul Wylie skated his silver medal-winning freeskate in the Albertville Olympics to the soundtrack to Henry V. I can’t remember it that clearly but I’m pretty sure I got a “feeling” watching this in 1992:

This post wasn’t so much about the Bible. But it was about things I like.

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