Monday, November 15, 2010

The Heart of the Matter

It's More Than Just Politics

The easy critique is to blame our duly elected officials for the sad state in which we find ourselves, but I tend to agree with the French political philosopher Joseph de Maistre who posited that "every nation has the government that it deserves."

I found an intriguing little story tucked away in one of the biblical history books, appended to II Samuel almost as an afterthought. The passage begins like this:

"Again the anger of the Lord was aroused against Israel, and he moved David against them ... ."

Herein is a strange statement: God is angry with the people, so he arouses the king to do something stupid.

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