This morning’s blog walking has been edifying – especially when one written across the pond reminded me of Annapolis. The Christian Quoter quoted George Bancroft – the father of the United States Naval Academy. And one quote smartly summarized a week’s worth of news:
The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred. George Bancroft (source)
Did he have a crystal ball? That maxim lends a perspective on today’s troubles and trials, from the Middle East to a few Supreme Court rulings, and to some local Texas shenanigans! Last night I caught an interview on Cspan with Gretchen Morgenson by Brian Lamb about her book, Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon. Not that I understood everything, but I understood enough to be disheartened, again.
Just in time for our great nation’s 236th birthday.
A beloved friend or family member’s birthday anniversary is not the time to air dirty linen – and I love this great country and am constantly astounded by the great and good things Americans have done and are doing. Howsomeever, as we collectively blow out the candles on our “cake” this year, my wish is that we will all strive to remember the reasons we rebelled from Great Britain; reform ourselves – now; and, that the Christians who are US citizens would consider Paul’s advice to Timothy when we get revved up about politics:
A soldier on duty doesn't get caught up in making deals at the marketplace. He concentrates on carrying out orders. An athlete who refuses to play by the rules will never get anywhere. It's the diligent farmer who gets the produce. Think it over. God will make it all plain. (2 Tim 2:4-7from THE MESSAGE)
No, I am not saying stay out of politics – we are supposed to be good citizens, understand our times, submitting to the government, unless told to disobey God. We are also commanded to pray for those in authority. And whichever side of the party platform or political isle, we are on, each of us is only camping – we are headed to our home. How we handle our duties here may prompt many to reconsider where they are headed. But it will surely make us better camping companions now!
Francis Schaeffer’s The Christian Manifesto
Dorothy Sayers’ Creed or Chaos?