What do Moses, Monkeys, and Mastiff’s Have In Common? (Think Charlton Heston)

What do Moses, Monkeys, and Mastiffs have in common?

They were all in movies starring Charlton Heston or at least Heston’s voice.

Heston died at 84 this week and left us a rich heritage of film work.  Among other characters, he played Marc Antony, Moses, Buffalo Bill, Ben-Hur, Michelangelo, Sherlock Holmes and the pirate Long John Silver.  Classic movies including “Planet of the Apes” are among his list of credentials. He also lent his voice to many roles including the Mastiff in “Cat’s and Dogs” and various documentaries.

Who can forget his role in “The Ten Commandments” when he depicted Moses confronting Pharaoh, leading Israel out of Egypt, splitting the Red Sea, and bringing the tablets down from God’s mountain.  Our minds will forever see Heston and his lightening streaked hair when we think of what Moses must have looked like.

A great actor with a great career is gone.

Heston leaves us more than memories of his roles on the big screen.  He leaves us a unique perspective on political correctness that was unusual in Hollywood – it’s absence.

Heston was not politically correct. One thing that stands out most about him was his belief in speaking your mind however unpopular the opinion might be.  He was for civil rights, but against the bashing of white males.  He supported gun rights and led the NRA for 5 years, but he was against the Vietnam War.   He was a fierce supporter of free speech, but against the “culture war …. being conducted by a generation of media, educators, entertainers, and politicians…” against Caucasian, conservative, middle-class Americans.

He was against political correctness and called it, “tyranny with manners”.  In a speech to Harvard Law School he said, “If Americans believed in political correctness, we’d still be King George’s boys – subjects bound to the British crown.”

The most politically incorrect message of history relates to some of the biblical roles Heston played.

It is the message of God’s role in the universe; His role in creation, human origins, historical events, and the redemption of mankind to himself.  It is a message that is unpopular.  However, the unpopularity of it doesn’t keep us from telling it!  The fact that God created people, loves them, and let His Son die for them is tremendous.

The message that we are sinful humans is not something anyone wants to hear.  But the solution that God will forgive those who have faith in His Son is good news to be shared. 

However politically incorrect it may seem, the Gospel is Good News.

Mr. Heston, rest in peace.  Thanks for your work and example of being unpopular when necessary.


1 Corinthians 15 “1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you–unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,”


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