Monday, November 05, 2012

What Tomorrow May Bring

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6, 2012, is election day, and the myriad of prognostications being made, as to whether Romney or Obama will be elected president of the United States, is rivaled only by the number of leaves fallen from the trees in this Fall season.

While there are, already, various scenarios imagined as to what will result from an election of Romney, or the re-election of Obama, in reality, not much will really change in the unseemly world of politics, a world of favor and vote buying, outrageous campaign promises, and wholesale pillaging of the American people by their supposed political betters.

The best result the American people can hope for tomorrow, or pray for if they are so inclined, is that the dissatisfaction being expressed at the overreaching role of government in their personal and business lives is not some shortlived, presidential campaign soundbite induced illusion of change in what government’s role actually will be in their lives.  Unless the American people clasp, with their hearts and minds, with the same fervor as they would clasp their child to their breasts to protect them from harm, the ideas of limited government, individual liberty, and compulsion free societal interaction, this election, as with many of our past elections, will have been simply a really big show, a Beltway production which had a good run, but changed nothing.  The politicians are not going to change a thing in the political arena unless the American people, individually, change themselves first and foremost.

Posted by John Venlet on 11/05 at 10:13 AM
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Christian Daring in a Muslim Brotherhood World

Egypt’s Coptic Christians have chosen a new pope, Bishop Tawadros, who will be installed as the 118th pope of Egypt’s Coptic Christian Church, Pope Tawadros II.  One of the main tasks Tawadros has set for the Coptic Christian church is this.

Speaking to the television cameras that surrounded him at his monastery in a desert town, the pope-designate, Bishop Tawadros, indicated that he planned to reverse the explicitly political role of his predecessor, Pope Shenouda III, who died in March…

One of the first statements Bishop Tawadros made, upon his selection, as an expansion on the thought of withdrawing the Coptic Christian church from the political follows.

“The most important thing is for the church to go back and live consistently within the spiritual boundaries because this is its main work, spiritual work,” the bishop said, and he promised to begin a process of “rearranging the house from the inside” and “pushing new blood” after his installation later this month as Pope Tawadros II. Interviewed on Coptic television recently, he struck a new tone by including as his priorities “living with our brothers, the Muslims” and “the responsibility of preserving our shared life.”

“Integrating in the society is a fundamental scriptural Christian trait,” Bishop Tawadros said then. “This integration is a must — moderate constructive integration,” he added. “All of us, as Egyptians, have to participate.”

Bishop Tawadros has set a high and daring challenge for Egypt’s Coptic Christians, and is setting a powerful example for individuals of faith, living as they do in the midst of a Muslim Brotherhood world.  I wish him and the Coptic Christians God’s blessings.

Coptic Church Chooses Pope Who Rejects Political Role

Posted by John Venlet on 11/05 at 08:30 AM
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