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In 1887, John Dalberg Acton, the 1st Baron Acton, wrote: 'Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely'. Strange, I always thought that George Bernard Shaw said those words. Wise words indeed. When a person attains power, they should always keep in mind that it's something they hold in trust. Accountability for the misuse of power is extremely important. Common wisdom holds that we shouldn't speak ill of the dead. No, we shouldn't slander or smear anyone's name wrongly, whether they're alive or dead. But if it turns out that someone who has died abused power that was entrusted to them, it's important to make it known. When Jesus Christ set up His earthly ministry that we now know as the Church, his right-hand man was Simon whom he called 'Peter' (from the Greek 'petros') or 'kepha' (Aramaic). The name Jesus gave this disciple means 'rock' and Jesus said, 'upon this rock, I will build My Church' (Matthew 16:18). In his life, Jesus clearly showed that if you want power, you must become a servant. The Gospel, the part of the Bible that deals with Jesus' life, tells us that Jesus close disciples (Apostles) and even their family members, dreamed of earthly glory, but in fact, their glory was of a spiritual nature and not for their own benefit or enjoyment. In his last chat with his followers, Jesus said 'Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat', according to Luke 22:21 (New American Standard Version). So the enemy of mankind demands the right to tempt and try the people who get spiritual power in this world. No wonder so many Church people fall by the wayside. In the bad old days when there was no accountability, a lot of Church officials fell by the wayside. The enemy knows that if people with spiritual power fall, it will discredit the Church and many souls will be lost. That's why I don't let these stories of corrupt leaders shake my religious faith. It's also why Christians must pray for their leaders instead of pointing the finger when they fall. Just saying........
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United States, Donald Trump, and decry everything about him, his arrogance to his attitudes. I don't wish to join the number by criticising the Head of State in a country which I've never even visited, but when I heard that he was considering the revival of the coal mining industry, my heart sank. We really don't need to plunder the earth any than we've already done. We don't want more fossils fuels being burned and discharging toxic gases and heat into the atmosphere. I always think of nature as being a wild beast who might be tamed for a while. Yet it's important not to get too comfortable because one day when you least expect it, it could just turn on you and cause tremendous damage. We should always try to keep that in mind. We should never, ever think we have nature under our control. It's only because of nature's benevolence that there are not more natural disasters, in my humble opinion.
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. Many people are under the impression that royalty doesn't have power anymore. I don't believe that for a second. The Queen of England may give the impression of being a benign figurehead, but she is a force to be reckoned with. She's a strong lady who serves her people with full commitment. I am no admirer of royalty, but Queen Elizabeth II has all my respect for her strong principles and her commitment to her job. She is well into her 90s. I'm 57 and she was the Queen when I was born. The day she is no more is the day when I'll probably accept that I'm getting old. Because only then, every single leader in the world will have changed since I was born. In King Henry VIII time, there were always nobles being executed for disloyalty to the king. Thankfully, that doesn't happen nowadays. Today, when the power of royalty has diminished, the crown is still a strong symbol of power.