Presidential Promises

The Old Fool is inspired to write not because of Barak Obama’s promises or promises made by his opponent, but by an article about the promises made by the president of Egypt in his nightly broadcasts.  The president and the people of Egypt know what is needed. The president simply promised a loaf of fresh bread every evening for every Egyptian household,  but no one seems to know how to supply it.  The article concludes with the line:  whether things will get better, they say, is up to God.

That, the Old Fool opines, overlooks what God has already done.  God’s good will put the earth in its place and gave it in trust to humanity, and gave us Jesus.  Jesus was a man of simple good will toward all whom he met. The Old Fool suggests that we let the world strip away all the claims regarding Jesus that it finds offensive, and let the life of Jesus speak for itself. 

The future is largely up to humanity.  All it would take to give every human being what is needed, and salvage the earth in the process, is sufficient good will among the peoples who inhabit the earth.  

Amish sisters at Shipshewanna, Indiana flea market

The Old Fool overheard a discussion of a challenge facing CNN. This channel is already known for its superior coverage of the daily news. What is lacking is a unique point of view for CNN,  like MSNBC or Fox News.  So CNN is looking for a creative use of its prime time hours.

Of course The Old Fool isn’t supposed to know enough to have a viable opinion about this, but that doesn’t stop his simple mind from spinning in the night.  He dreams of a CNN that devotes prime time to defining and promoting good will on earth by the best minds available.  It would not promote any ideology, political party, or religion.  Just promotion of bare-boned honest good will, what it looks like and what it could accomplish.

 Might the world be so weary of the way things are, that the population would welcome the new prime time message I have proposed, and stand up to support and implement its message.  

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About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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