The Blessing of Good Government

There is an unpleasant sense that the U.K. government is becoming steeped in equivocation and sleaze. We expect better of our politicians yet, at the same time, are not in the least surprised whenever we come across evidence of failure or corruption. Sometimes, alas, it is a case of pots and kettles. We cannot expect integrity from others if we are not prepared to live lives of integrity ourselves. Disgust at what is being widely reported/alleged regarding donations, cover-ups, underhand deals, self-serving contracts and the like may prompt us to a little scrutiny of our own conduct. Are we as sea-green incorruptible as we would like to believe? Good government is a blessing but it is not an abstract one. Learning how to govern ourselves is a necessary step in learning how to govern others.

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4 thoughts on “The Blessing of Good Government”

  1. So, so true – yet we feel so helpless – until we remember that God is in charge. Let us close our eyes for a moment, listen in silence to God’s whisper, feel the warmth, say Thank You- and then pray – at every spare moment – …. Sorry dear Sister if this sounds like preaching to the converted – …

  2. I worry about MP’s having an interest in a company then giving that company a big financial contract, there is no christian purpose in this gov’t that I can see

  3. It is said that we get the government we deserve! Whilst corruption often rolls downhill from the highest office, most people are prepared to accept and be involved in low level fraud and theft or breaking minor rules. Taking a pen home from the office, making personal calls in work time or having an extra five minutes on a break; parking on a yellow line for 2 minutes, driving a little above the speed limit. White lies! The higher up we go, the more public these misdemeanours are likely to be. And of course, we like nothing more than knocking people off the pedestals we put them on.

    I am reminded of the adulterous woman after the men walk away one by one – does no-one condemn you? (Where was the adulterous man).

  4. Agree we all need to do our very best to live lives of integrity and not many of us are saint like.
    But – when we see the scale of corruption that we do at the moment (I’m not talking about disagreement with the philosophy of a political party) I feel that it behoves us all to call it out, and if we can, to work locally and / or nationally for candidates whose lives are dedicated to public service and whom we can respect. There are plenty of them in all parties and they are, sadly, now it seems, grouped together in the public consciousness as all the same.

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