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  • Godwin Cotter

How would I solve the world’s problems? This is not the type of question that you would expect in a job interview. It’s more the type of question that beauty pageant judges spring on contestants or what a talk-show host might put to a celebrity. Still, I think us beautiful people should rehearse our answers now and again, put our own problems on the back burner for a while, and address ourselves to those of the world. It’s how we do our part. Here’s my stab at trouble-shooting.

A deep question to contemplate is the old ends-justify-the-means dilemma; can good people do bad things to spread their goodness far and wide? Like golden syrup flowing out to the very edges of a pancake and beyond? In today’s comic page, the character has broken God’s commandment, “Thou shalt not kill” but only to bring about a better tomorrow, a tomorrow of cupcakes and rainbows, at least in his eyes.

While this is a philosophical question, I wanted to use theology as a starting point. Nowadays scripture scholars imagine what Jesus would think if He lived on earth in the modern day. I am hoping to use the same "Jesus Seminar" method.

There is the passage in the book of Matthew where the devil takes Jesus to a very high mountain and shows Him all the kingdoms of the world in all their splendor and says “All this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus rejects the offer, but that was 2000 years ago. Let’s see if we can’t update the Son of God to more modern thinking.

I would say “Lord, let’s not be to hasty, how about you skim-read my copy of The Art of the Deal, signed by the author (I am talking about the Donald, not his ghost writer). Now sure, making a deal with the father of lies has its risks, but think about it, the devil has those positions in the bag. Look to the right: Vladimir Putin and Boris Johnson. Look to the left: Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau. I could continue but it would get boring.

Another consideration is this: who would you want to have holding a political office, Jesus Christ or the current office holder? Now multiply this by offices for the past 2000 years and by all levels of government; municipal, state and federal. Now we’re talking! But enough of the pros, let’s consider a few cons.

There does seem to be a phenomenon of so many powerfully placed Catholics, the beautiful people, being in full support of the devil’s agenda on abortion and euthanasia: Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau, Andrew Cuomo, Nancy Pelosi etc. Seems like when the devil pops the keys of a kingdom into your hand, he still sets the policy. You're just the administrator. However, I’m different, maybe I can stay being a good person. Worshipping the devil can be just a kind of one-off, then I’ll go back to where I was before. Should I roll the dice?

Actually come to think of it, it would be smarter to fall down and worship the Son of God, and let Him solve the world’s problems. Let’s walk away from the other deal. Where’s the nearest adoration chapel?

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