John 14:8-17

The American businessman and politician, Bernard Baruch, once offered the following advice: Vote for the man who promises the least; he’ll be the least disappointing.

On one level, it’s a rather sad, if cynical, indictment of the political process.  It seems to confirm the widely held view that politicians are always promising us the world, and always breaking their promise at the first available opportunity.  Indeed, our experience tells us that not only are promises broken, but the policies that are the exact opposite of what we voted for are often those which end up being enacted. Continue reading “John 14:8-17”

Luke 24:44-53

Winston Churchill once famously described Russia as a riddle inside a mystery wrapped in an enigma.  And the thing about mysteries and riddles and enigmas is that we human beings don’t like them much: they offend our sense of order, they challenge our natural bias toward the orderly, the known, the comprehensible.  Mysteries are a big question mark hanging over our much vaunted certainty: they proclaim an area of the unknown, the uncertain, the ambiguous.  And we tend to feel threatened by what we don’t understand; afterall, as the old saying goes, Better the devil you know. Continue reading “Luke 24:44-53”

Revelation 21: 10, 22-22:5; John 14:23-29

Famous last words.

It’s a phrase with which most of us are quite familiar, a familiarity which I suspect largely arises out of our own painful awareness of the irony resident in this saying.  From experience, we know that it’s a phrase that comes into play whenever we make the arrogant boast, give the rash assurance, utter the thoughtless promise – and subsequent events prove the hollowness and insincerity of our words. For our words have a way of coming back to haunt us, and life has a way of pulling the rug out from under our feet just when we’re at our most vulnerable, just when we’ve said or done something that will expose our hypocrisy, our pretentiousness, our vanity. Continue reading “Revelation 21: 10, 22-22:5; John 14:23-29”