Good governance – the best present for a country

SOURCE: Good governance – the best present for a country by Steve Oh @ Malaysiakini (NOTE: I edited out all the Malaysian politics from this article.)
Yet the message of Christmas is hope for all mankind. That is why the angel could proclaim,’ Joy to the world…a saviour has been born to you.’ And Magi – the three wise Oriental kings came to worship him and place gifts at his feet.

How such a simple message of hope that Christians tell others can be offensive I haven’t the slightest clue, except when I consider the ‘god of this world’ – the devil – wants people not to be reconciled with God as the Scriptures tell us.
How else do we explain the greed and evil, the inexplicable cruelty of the politicians and those in power, they who would be seen to pray and go to religious houses only to act in the unkindest manner?
But we know the devil comes to kill and destroy so guess whose will is being done when people harm one another?

When all is considered he had no more chance than Jesus did before Pilate who washed his hands clean of the blood of an innocent man.

Intrinsic in the message about the birth of Jesus is the hope when people come to their senses and submit to God and allow his Spirit to indwell and guide them they will do the right things though living in a depraved world.

But if they fear man and like Pilate washed his hands clean and did the politically expedient they will forever bear the scourge of their cowardice and their name will be dragged through slime for many generations.
‘God with us’ is the theme of Christmas and it is worthwhile to remember that whatever our beliefs we need to learn to live with and care for one another.
‘What good is it for a man to win the world and lose his soul?’ is a piercing question we need to consider even if we devalue our souls. The truth is not subject to our ideas.

Because we criticise those who do wrong does not negate our duty to pray for and love them. And if people don’t believe in prayer then what harm does it do?

Even Christopher Hitchins, the noted atheist did not mind people praying for his healing, even his redemption, though he thought religion was a bane to society but an integral part of human society.

By now people should realise that there is something innate in every human being that protests against the lies and untruths and acts of injustice they see around them, regardless of their religion.

It is called moral conscience. It is a human and divine attribute to oppose evil and to be civic-minded and to take part in peaceful efforts to right the wrongs in your country.
Only good governance can solve the problem of bad governance for it takes a bad government to repress good citizens who protest for the welfare of their nation.

Times magazine has named ‘the protestor,’ as the Person of the Year in 2011 and in so doing indirectly opposes government attempts to stifle legitimate political dissent.

Martin Luther was the original ‘protestor’ who dared prove the religious authorities were wrong. His remonstrance was met with persecution but the world would have been under the jackboots of the religious fascists had the Reformation not taken place.

There is right and wrong protesting.

Mahatma Gandhi emulated the life of Jesus in his teaching on non-violence and was inspired by his sayings known as the ‘Beatitudes’ found in Matthew 5 in the New Testament, who in turn inspired American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Junior to regularise the freedom and equal rights for all black Americans.

Human civilizations progress from the cross-fertilisation of ideas and it is wrong to keep Humans under a coconut shell.

The fact is God does not suffer fools for those in power to abuse their God-given authority to govern and call evil good and good evil. It is common knowledge backed by thousands of years of human history that the good will triumph over the evil.

When those in power do wrong they will be punished for their deeds in time. Even an often immoral Hollywood knows this and movies see the good guys defeat the bad guys.
It is plainly clear that all dishonest and corrupt leaders will be brought to account.
Former French President Jacques Chirac has been convicted of corruption, former Filipino President Gloria Arroyo is facing charges of rigging an election and corruption and the list goes on.
Where are the world’s corrupt leaders today?
Most have been brought to justice, many died in disgrace, some were killed by their oppressed people, and those who have escaped thus far will soon get their just desserts.

Such is the law of divine justice because we are told a divine high official watches over the earthly officials and his retribution though not often realised is always timely, relevant and swift.

When Jesus came into the world the devil was put on notice and did all he could to prevent what took place at Calvary. The rest is history.

Evil and her children of lies, injustice, murder and everything that results in human suffering is in its last throes.

People can choose to be sceptics and be cynical and that is their prerogative but there are many who believe that human affairs are regulated by an invisible divine hand that shows itself in amazing ways and the world had a glimpse of it when Jesus was born.

Who thought the Arab Spring would arise, or that Soviet Russia would collapse or that China would dismantle its bamboo curtain and be the world’s leading capitalist economy?

They say man proposes and God disposes and who can argue when we can’t even predict when the next earthquake will strike?

I recently watched an interview of Bangladeshi Muhammed Yunus, the Nobel Prize winner and founder of Grameen Bank, the Banker to the Poor, who said something about his life goal that catches the spirit of Christmas and his example is one worth noting.

He is a Muslim but he personifies the true spirit of Christmas and the teaching of Jesus to love your neighbor as yourself.
” I will not do anything that will harm another,” and this man’s crusade to make the world a better place for others, especially the poor, and in trying to make governance honest and just, sees him deservedly in the group of eminent persons called the Global Elders.

Christmas, besides its religious content reminds us that it is better to give than to receive, and to help others than harm them.
And what better present can any government give its people than good governance and the freedom to pick one?

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