First it was the bankers, second it was the Members of Parliament and now it is journalists, media moguls and the police under the spotlight for corruption, dishonesty and downright disgraceful behaviour. In news that is scarcely surprising, people in positions of power will abuse their power. The whole situation is a sad one but it one from which important lessons can be drawn.
The first is that it shows the truth of the true-ism “and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32v23) and its New Testament counterpart: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. (Galatians 6v7). It is often God’s way to bring hidden sin to light, in the lives of individuals and in society as a whole. And when this happens it should remind us that God is not unaware of our rebellion against him, he is not in the dark about the secrets we hold and the sins we commit in private. “Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD--how much more the hearts of men!” (Proverbs 15v11) A consequence of sin, aside from pain, break down and emptiness, can often be exposure. This all in turn should remind us of the day when Christ returns and all will be judged for their actions:
At first glance it would seem that a hung parliament is the worst possible outcome that could have been achieved. At this country’s time of crisis we need strong leadership and decisive action not a minority government or coalition. Regardless of your political affiliation the results were both good and bad.
From my perspective: on the plus side the Conservatives claimed a large number of Labour seats, England at least swung resoundingly to the Tories and best of all the Lib Dems were, in the words of Nick Clegg, ‘disappointing’. I’d use a much stronger word if I could stop laughing for a minute. Jacqui Smith lost her seat and Nigel Farage survived his plane crash.
“Politics is the art of the possible.”
Otto Von Bismarck
The above quote actually makes a lot of sense. After all, you could run for office on the promise to decrease the effect of gravity on the Earth but you won’t get very far if you did. Generally speaking political parties stick to what they consider to be possible solutions to the world’s problems. And what are these problems that politic parties try and solve?
Broadly speaking they are: justice issues: crime, sentencing, illegal immigration and illegal trading. Then there are economic issues such as ‘inequality’, poverty, the business cycle, unemployment, inflation and debt. And finally there are social problems: health, welfare, education, family breakup, drunkenness, obesity, smoking, etc, etc, etc.
In fact, the Labour government has pursued the standard socialist policy of trying to use the state to solve an ever increasing number of problems.
There is a fundamental problem with this. No, there is a glaring hole in the reasoning behind the government trying to solve so many problems. And this logical flaw is summed up best in Romans: