Where is comfort?

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There’s no doubt, my friends, that we live in unsettling times. The ending of the Cold War was hailed by some as the ‘end of history’; we wish! We can wish we did not live in such times as we now see, but as Gandalf says in ‘Lord of the Rings’, so do all who live in them; but it is not given to us to order the days of our lives. An historical perspective soon makes us grateful: that we are not in Rome when Alaric’s armies sacked it; or in Roman Britain facing the Angles and the Saxons as they marauded; neither are we in Constantinople in 1453 when it fell to the Ottomans. But we might understand more, now, how people felt as the world with they were familiar began to seem under threat.

It isn’t simply the, as yet for us, distant threat of ISIS (though we should not think it that far when we have in our midst those who might seek to harm us), it is the dislocation of the times. It is, in some ways, more comforting to think of President Obama as some kind of Manchurian Candidate than as what he is – a well-meaning man up against the hard fact that what he believes in and the real world don’t mix. Our sense that it is a ‘plague on all their houses’ when it comes to politics, derives from a feeling that none of them have answers to the problems which face us. There is, Adam Smith once wrote, ‘a lot of ruin in a nation’ – perhaps we shall see just how much it takes?

But the eternal verities stand where they always did. If you have too much regulation and too many taxes, things don’t work – and soon people don’t either. Welfare is a Christian duty, but when there are more taking out than putting in, it won’t work. When people depend on people, it generates good morale; when they depend on Government, it generates dependency. Power still tends to corrupt, and absolute power to do so absolutely. If something seems too good to be true, it isn’t. Power without responsibility is the prerogative of the harlot down the ages, and Government is best when it sticks to doing as little as possible. JFK was right – ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for it.

When politics becomes a ‘profession’ it attracts too many of the wrong sort; term limits should be there for all elected office. Ten years is enough, not least in the pressure of modern politics. All leaders go sort of mad after too long; it’s a service to them to save them from themselves. We need to be more involved too. In the end, if we care about freedom, it will thrive; if not we can have bread and circuses, till the wheat runs out and we find ourselves in the Coliseum. Naught for our comfort then? Aye, naught but this – that we are the children of the Living God and through Jesus, we are saved. If that is so, what have we to fear save fear itself?

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About JessicaHof
Anglican Christian, evangelist, survivor, grateful

13 Responses to Where is comfort?

  1. “President Obama as some kind of Manchurian Candidate”? Hum, very interesting! Of course metaphorally, since he is Muslim friendly for sure!

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    • JessicaHof says:

      Yes, only a metaphor – but …?

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      • He is a socialist and something communist-like, so the “Manchurian Candidate”? Did I hear the name Bill Ayers? 😉

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        • JessicaHof says:

          You might well have done 🙂

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        • In reality President Obama is himself very eclectic, so it is hard to really define him. But I know he loves/loved his father, thus some of his Muslim thoughts. As the American President, (and myself a Christian presbyter) I must seek to pray and hope he does his best for both America, and the West! Though of course I am myself a conservative. I try to be somewhat positive. GOD is Sovereign!

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        • JessicaHof says:

          Good attitude Father 🙂 xx

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        • Btw, my point is that God has the man/person in the American Presidency that GOD has put there! And the one the American people and Nation deserve right now! The same for us Brits!

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  2. the unit says:

    I get it. Jeremiah 1:5.
    So here we be put to face evil. Well, ’cause here we are put.

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    • JessicaHof says:

      Yes, you got it – and what a great movie 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Golly gee Ms. Hof. Thanks for comment. I wonder if you could maybe post here as to a question I still have? One of the last things Momma said to me is “the righteous suffer with the unrighteous.” I spare you (well spare myself) the details as many suffer. But her circumstance didn’t let me delve into what she knew Biblically on that.
        That was 2006, she 91…me now in seventies. Thank you so much. the unit

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  3. Tom McEwen says:

    great article jessica

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    • NEO says:

      Tom,

      Jessica is a bit indisposed at the moment, but it is very good to see you here. I couldn’t agree with you more, by the way.

      Neo

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